'No wonder so few people report rape. They are hung out to dry in court'

Last week, The Guardian published a piece on how the fear of intrusive investigations and total loss of privacy make sexual assault vicitms less likely to make a complaint. ‘Complainants now face a complete loss of privacy, having to hand over their mobile phones, tablets and even work computers, containing a mass of personal material such as text messages, photographs and even medical records. Few people realise that even deleted material will be examined, including pictures that may have been taken while the victim was in an abusive relationship.

Inspectorate of Constabulary PEEL police effectiveness 2017 review

The most recent review from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services' (HMICFRS) has found that some victims of domestic abuse and other serious crimes have to wait days to be seen by police officers because 999 calls are not getting a prompt response. The report found that a quarter of forces in England and Wales were often “overwhelmed” by demand. Source: BBC News. Read the Women’s Aid response here

Child sexual exploitation: How the system failed

On 16th March 2018, BBC News published an article examining the widespread issue of Child Sexual Exploitation across the UK. ‘Grooming, rape, trafficking, or the many other ways children are being sexually abused, the subject of child sexual exploitation - or CSE as it is known by professionals in the field - is in the headlines with depressing regularity. Telford is currently in the spotlight - but is by no means the first place and will not be the last.’ Read the full article here. 

Women earn £8400 a year less than men by the time they hit age 50

A press release from the TUC reveals that:

  • Women earn less than men at every stage of their career

  • The gender pay gap is at its widest when women hit 50

A new analysis of official statistics published by the TUC today (Friday) shows that the gender pay gap is at its widest when a woman hits 50, when the average woman working full-time will earn £8,421 a year less than the average full-time working man.

Government consultation open on Draft Domestic Abuse Bill and £20 m in Funding

The Government has launched this consultation as part of its commitment to end domestic abuse and to improve and expand services to meet the needs of those experiencing abuse and violence.

The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary have launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors as well as how to allocate some of the £20 million funding for domestic abuse services that was announced a year ago.

Mindfulness Tool for Women Survivors

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, in partnership with Mindful Therapies are inviting women survivors of sexual violence to help them develop a
Mindfulness Tool for Survivors. This will be a self-help tool that women who have experienced sexual violence can use for free. Women will be able to use the mindfulness tools created independently of services, either on the internet or via CDs or memory sticks. For more information visit the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland website

SafeLives latest Podcast: Bisexual women and domestic abuse

SafeLives Insights data indicates that bisexual women are particularly vulnerable when experiencing domestic abuse, especially in terms of mental health. Ruth and Collette from SafeLives sat down to discuss their experiences as bisexual women, and the difficulties that bi women face when accessing domestic abuse services. Listen to the latest Podcast here


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