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Durham University Sexual Violence Task Force shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award

Durham University has been recognised for its commitment to student support, community engagement and research excellence with three projects shortlisted for prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. The University’s Sexual Violence Task Force (SVTF) has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Support for Students category.

Time to introduce a domestic abuser register, says Assembly

On the 7th September the London Assembly unanimously agreed a motion urging the Mayor to write to the Home Secretary calling for the introduction of a register for those convicted of domestic abuse or related offences. The Assembly recommends that the system could work in the same way as the sex offenders’ register, allowing police to hold information on perpetrators in order to better protect survivors.  

'Upskirting' could be made a criminal offence in England and Wales

The government is considering outlawing the sexually intrusive practice of “upskirting”, the justice secretary has told MPs, as reported in The Guardian this week. David Lidington’s comments are the first indication that ministers are examining the need for legislation to ban people secretly photographing underneath a person’s clothing without their consent in England and Wales. Taking such surreptitious pictures – often on crowded buses or trains – has been widely condemn

SafeLives practitioner survey 2017

Four years ago, following a request from the Home Secretary, SafeLives started carrying out an annual survey of domestic abuse professionals around the country. This year they’ve expanded the survey to include not only Idva but also Outreach services and specialists working with young people (which some services refer to as Young People’s Violence Advisors or Ypvas). SafeLives know that the best response is one which provides the right service at the right time, tailored to your specific situation, whether you’re 17 or 70. They felt the survey should reflect that.

Housing partnership tackles domestic abuse with new funding

National housing partnership, the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), has gone from strength to strength attracting new grant funding and expanding its team.The new funding comes from a variety of sources, including the Home Office, the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund, London Councils and Comic Relief, and has allowed the organisation to make two key appointments as well as advertising a third vacancy. DAHA is a partnership between leading housing provider Gentoo, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (STADV) and London and the South East based hou

EVAW: Sexist/racist street harassment - a hate crime?

End Violence Against Women consider the impact of the move towards recording sexual harassment as a hate crime. Nottinghamshire Police received a lot of attention for becoming the first police force to record sexual harassment as a misogynistic hate crime earlier this year. At a Nottinghamshire ‘Safer for Women’ conference, they share their experiences of recording sexual harassment as 15 other police forces consider extending hate crime policing policy to include sexual harassment. 

Considering children's experiences of homelessness and domestic abuse

In the latest Safe Lives Spotlight podcast, Aly Vernon, Children’s Specialist at Survive in South Gloucester, speaks about the combined effects of homelessness and domestic abuse on children. Aly and Deidre discuss what we can do as professionals to create a whole family approach to homelessness and domestic abuse for children, parents and perpetrators.

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