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A Necessary Woman - performances in Morpeth and Newbiggin

 Census Night, 1911
Suffragette Emily Davison is hiding in a cleaning cupboard beneath the Palace of Westminster. Emily Plans a daring act in Parliament for Monday morning, but with a greater police presence and security tighter than usual, will she achieve her ambition before she's caught and returned to prison?
Based on a true event to celebrate the 2018 suffrage centenary. Look in the Events section for details of performances at New Life Christian Centre Morpeth on 11th September and Newbiggin Maritime Centre on 12th September.

Appalling rates of self-inflicted deaths among women and girls

Women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act are taking their lives at “appalling” rates, according to a report from Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. New figures, obtained by Agenda from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), show that women’s self-inflicted deaths overtook men’s for the first time in 2015 and did so again in 2016. Read the full report: Women in Crisis: How women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act. 

Rape Crisis Group Work

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is running its next 8-week evening group from mid-October in central Newcastle. RCTN groups are for any woman aged 16 or over who lives, works or studies in Tyneside and Northumberland and has experienced sexual violence at any time in her life. The group offers a safe, supportive space to meet other women, explore myths around sexual violence and practice self-care and positive coping mechanisms.

Jobs: ARCH North East

ARCH North East is recruiting a SARC Link Worker (Full time, £23,500 per year). The post holder will be employed by ARCH North East and seconded to work within the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Teesside. The primary aim of the post is to support and increase referrals from a range of health settings into the SARC and other Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) support services, also including support to Men and Boys.

Abuse victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK

The Guardian reported that the refusal rate for people applying to stay in the UK after suffering domestic violence more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 after the government pledged to make the UK a “hostile environment for illegal immigrants”. A new rule, which allowed people who entered the UK on a spousal visa and then suffered domestic abuse, the right to apply for leave to remain, was introduced in 2002 after campaigners argued that women were being forced to choose between deportation and continued abuse or domestic violence.

Save Our Services Campaign win

The government has listened to the hundreds of thousands of people who joined Women's Aid in their SOS: Save Our Services Campaign, calling for planned changes to how refuges are funded. Women’s Aid is delighted that the government has acted: rent in refuges will continue to be funded through housing benefit, which is the very last secure form of income for our national network of services.

Jobs: My Sister's Place

My Sister’s Place is recruiting an Administrator/Receptionist (37 hours per week, 12 months with a view to extending subject to funding, SPC18 (£18,870) pro rata) to support their services. Based in central Middlesbrough, My Sister’s Place provides specialist services to increase the safety of women and their children. This is a front line post in a crisis intervention service and you will need excellent personal communication skills to deal with the wide range of people that use the centre. Closing date: Friday, 31st August 2018. 

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