Evaluation Tender: Improving support for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse who have complex needs

AVA and Agenda are looking for an evaluator for the new national commission on domestic and sexual violence and multiple disadvantage. The total budget should not exceed £5000 including VAT and expenses, and it is expected that the work will be completed by March 2019. The deadline for proposals is 12th April 2018. See full details of the tender brief here

Tampon Tax to roll out innovative community response to domestic abuse

Women’s Aid Federation of England, working in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid, Welsh Women’s Aid and Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland, have received £1,509,850 to roll out the ‘ask me’ project into communities across the UK. This will include onward grant opportunities for local service providers, to work in partnership with us, enabling access for as many as possible to join the innovative scheme: bringing communities together to provide an efficient and effective response to domestic abuse.

UK universities accused of failing to tackle sexual misconduct

Senior MPs, student leaders and equality campaigners have accused universities of failing to effectively tackle sexual misconduct after a Guardian investigation found that many have not carried out recommended reforms to support and protect victims. The research has shown major discrepancies remain in the ways many universities record incidents, which range from verbal harassment to rape, more than a year after a Universities UK (UUK) taskforce made recommendations for improvement. Read the full article here

Financial Abuse Drop-in

Earlier this month the Women's Budget Group attended a Parliamentary drop-in on Universal Credit and Financial Abuse organised by Dr Philippa Whitford MP to promote the Private Members Bill she had raised on the issue. We were joined by Women’s Aid, Surviving Economic Abuse and the Child Poverty Action Group to share our concerns about how people could be trapped in abusive relationships by the decision to pay Univ

The Justice Project - Free North East Events

The Justice Project is a large-scale, comprehensive national study led by Professor Marianne Hester of University of Bristol, who has an international reputation in the Gender-Based Violence field and a long history of working with statutory and voluntary sector partners in the North East. This timely research contributes to the current debate about what “justice” means in the context of GBV and provides a more nuanced picture of what a realistic victim-focused justice response would look like.

A Woman-Centred Approach: Freeing vulnerable women from the revolving door of crime

The Centre for Social Justice has published a new report, A Woman-Centred Approach: Freeing vulnerable women from the revolving door of crime. 'Much of our female prison population can be traced to state failure and social breakdown. Successive governments have failed to firmly grip the issue of female offending. It is the sort of social problem that a government committed to reform can and should tackle.


Detained Voices released a statement from the strikers in Yarl’s Wood in response to the demonstrations this weekend: ‘We in Yarl’s Wood are very grateful to the demonstrators who will attend the protest here today, we are holding a day of hunger to show solidarity with our supporters.

APPG on Women in the Penal System launch new inquiry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women in the Penal System has launched a major inquiry into the sentencing of women in England and Wales. Ten years after the Corston report into women’s vulnerability in the criminal justice system, the APPG on Women in the Penal System is still pushing for the recommendations of this report to be implemented in full.


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