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Discriminatory 'same roof rule' finally to be abolished

A ban on awarding Criminal Injuries Compensation to crime victims who lived with their attacker is finally set to be scrapped, more than half a century after it was introduced. On Thursday 28th February, Ministers took steps to abolish the 55-year-old so-called 'same roof' rule, following long-term campaigning by Rape Crisis and its partners on behalf of victims and survivors whose valid claims are being denied.

Jobs: Aspire

Aspire is recruiting a Data, Evaluation and Social Impact Lead Officer – National Lottery Community Fund (16 hours/week) Funded till September 2021, salary range £22 – 26k per annum (pro-rata). This part-time position will be responsible for leading the planning, monitoring and evaluation of our Supporting Sisters’ Programme to demonstrate the outcomes, social impact and learning of this important work.

The police response to domestic abuse: An update report

This report is the fourth in a series of thematic reports, which consider the response the police service provides to victims of domestic abuse. In March 2014, the first report in this series was published (Everyone’s Business: Improving the Police Response to Domestic Abuse). Unlike in previous reports, no national recommendations are made to forces. But HMICFRS do comment on progress made since previous reports.

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights activists tell the CEDAW Committee

Activists have told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services. Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, were among UK women’s rights campaigners in Geneva this week to brief a UN committee of women’s rights experts.

Relationships & Sex Education: Women's groups welcome progress

The Government has published the final version of the compulsory Relationships and Sex Education guidance which all schools (in England) must use from 2020. Sarah Green of the End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “We are very pleased to see that the Government has listened to women’s groups’ concerns about their initial proposals, and has made significant changes to the statutory guidance on Relationships and Sex Education, including significantly better guidance on FGM, forced marriage, domestic violence and sexual violence.

Festival of Feminist Ideas and Action 2019 - final programme

The Gender and Society Research Hub have organised this fantastic Festival of events to mark International Women’s Day, 2019. This year’s theme is ‘visual feminism’ and the Festival kicks off in splendid style on Thurs 7 March, with our very own Carol Stephenson and Katy Jenkins, with Jean Spence, talking about activists’ use of photography in activism.

Funding: Whole Housing Programme opportunity

DAHA (Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance), as well as other partners, have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government to deliver an innovative Whole Housing project in three pilot sites across England. They are working in partnership with domestic abuse and housing systems leaders to establish comprehensive housing practices in relation to domestic abuse. Project work is already underway in London and Cambridgeshire.

Jobs: Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is recruiting a Data Analyst: part-time, 4 days per week until May 2020. Salary: £18,212 (4 days) (FTE pt £22,462). Overtime sometimes available. RCTN are looking for a woman who has a genuine enthusiasm for all forms of data who enjoys discovering information that will help identify future trends.  You must be qualified to GCSE level and have a minimum of two years’ experience of designing/developing Access databases. You must also have an understanding of confidentiality and how to handle sensitive issues.

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