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Internet related child sex offences

The NSPCC has released figures following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to police forces in England and Wales looking at internet-related sex offences. Figures from 39 police forces who responded to the FOI show that: 5,653 police-recorded child sexual offences in 2016/17 had an online element, an increase of 44% from 2015/16 figures; nearly 100 offences were committed against children aged 10 and under; 13 was the most common age of the victim (where recorded).

Funding: Rosa's Woman to Woman fund

The second round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund is now open. With grants of up to £25,000, no fewer than 100 local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ Grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women.

The deadline for stage 1 applications is Thursday 6th July at 5pm.

Domestic Abuse and Housing: international practice and perspectives

Gudrun Burnet has published her Winston Churchill Fellowship research. The key purpose of this Fellowship was to learn about international practice and perspectives relating to domestic abuse, learning about different housing models, approaches and best practice in a global context. This Fellowship identified areas of good practice in the USA, Australia and Canada and as a result Washington DC, Chicago, Edmonton, Seattle, Arizona, Sydney and Melbourne were visited.

Theresa May proposes tougher sentences for domestic abuse involving children

The Prime Minister has launched several new policy proposals as part of a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. The proposals include imposing tougher sentences on perpetrators of domestic abuse involving children, and the creation of a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner to oversee the work of the police and the criminal justice system in domestic abuse cases. 

Read the Women's Aid response to the pledge. 

SafeLives practice briefing for IDVAS: engaging and working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients

It is widely recognised that LGBT clients have historically had difficulty accessing services. Research shows that LGBT individuals are disproportionately underrepresented both among those accessing specialist domestic abuse services and those referred to Marac.

By considering the profile of those LGBT clients in SafeLives’ national dataset of victim cases, this practice briefing reflects on the additional needs such clients present and seeks to identify how IDVAs can work to better engage and support this marginalised group.

Ministry of Defense funding: Families in Stress

The Ministry of Defence is currently accepting applications to the Families in Stress part of the Covenant Fund. Grants of between £20,000 and £300,000 are available for programmes of work lasting between two to three years. The funding is for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significantly stressful life event and would benefit from intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support.

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