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Jobs: North Tyneside Council

An exciting opportunity has arisen and applications are invited for a Domestic Abuse Housing Outreach Worker (37 hours per week, £23,111 - £25,463pa pay award pending). This is a fixed term position within the Council’s Housing Advice Team. The purpose of the role is to provide high quality practical and emotional support to households who are living with, or have lived with, domestic abuse and/or violence and have a housing need.

Rape survivor challenges Prime Minister to fund Rape Crisis counselling services

On the 8th March 2019, International Women’s Day) 25-year-old Fern Champion, who was raped in 2016, has launched a petition, and written to the Prime Minister asking her to ensure there is always specialist rape counselling support available for everyone who seeks it. Fern’s letter to the Prime Minister asks for a meeting with her to discuss the appalling absence of adequate funding to specialist independent services in the community.

UK Immigration System Offers Insufficient Protections For Migrant Women Trapped In Abusive Relationships

While domestic violence is not unique to any one community in Britain, research by the charity Safe Lives found that Black, Asian or minority (BAME) victims of domestic abuse, particularly migrant women, are trapped in abusive relationships one and a half times longer than white-British women. Read the full article from the Immigration Advice Service here

Online grooming offences

The NSPCC has released figures which show that there were 5,161 crimes of sexual communication with a child recorded in the 18 months following April 2017 when sexual communication with a child became an offence. Figures show that: there has been an almost 50% increase in offences recorded in the latest six months compared to the same period in the previous year, and a 200% rise in recorded instances of the use of Instagram over the same time period.

Incorporation of CEDAW into UK law - sign the petition

Members of NEWN and the CEDAW working group have just returned from Geneva where they were working to ensure that the UK government is called to account against its commitments to eliminate discrimination against women and girls.

We are being asked to sign a petition about CEDAW on the Government's website and circulate it as widely as possible:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/230451

Breaking Down the Barriers: National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence

AVA and Agenda have launched the report Breaking Down The Barriers, with the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The report warns of devastating consequences for women and their families because they are not able to get the support they need. Time and again the signs of abuse are not picked up by professionals. Too often women are bounced around or even turned away from services. Mothers are particularly let down, with the fear of losing their children preventing them from accessing help.

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