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Women's Aid: Nowhere To Turn Report

Survivors of domestic abuse are being repeatedly turned away from refuges because they do not meet the criteria to fund their space. Women’s Aid has been working with these women and their children to make sure no woman is turned away. The Nowhere to Turn report shows that there is a systemic failure by statutory agencies when it comes to responding to the needs of the most vulnerable survivors of domestic abuse.

Taking a Forward View on Women and Mental Health

The Women's Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) have published Taking a Forward View on Women and Mental Health: Key Messages for Government, a collaborative review from Imkaan, Positively UK and Rape Crisis England and Wales. The publication reviews advances within the policy landscape in terms of women’s mental health and the attempts at implementing change over the past fifteen years.

New measures to allow ratification of Istanbul Convention

The government has announced new measures to protect women and girls from crimes committed overseas as part of its Domestic Abuse Bill. The new legislation would be the final step to enable ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, known as the Istanbul Convention. Measures to be included in legislation will extend ‘extra-territorial jurisdiction’ so that certain offences committed by British citizens can be prosecuted in UK courts regardless of where they take place in the world.

Empowering women to be safe online

This week, Women’s Aid launched a new guide to empower women to stay safe online. The guide by Women’s Aid and Facebook provides advice to help women and girls understand the risks and tools needed to protect themselves and stay safe on social media. The guide has a lot of helpful tips – from how to report something that is abusive, to stopping an intimate, private or sexual image from being shared online. It aims to help women take greater control of their own safety on Facebook, whilst staying connected to the people and causes they care about. 

LASPO 4 years on: Law Society Review

Four years ago, the then government implemented the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Hundreds of thousands of people who were eligible for legal aid on 31 March 2013 became ineligible the very next day. Four years on, the Law Society has conducted a review of the legal aid changes introduced under the act. This review concludes that: 

Domestic violence and abuse legislation announced in Queen's speech

This week the Government's committments to tackle violence and abuse were announced in the Queen's speech. Proposals included an outline of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and measures to end the cross-examination of victims in court. The measures were welcomed by women's organisations including Women's Aid, EVAW and Agenda, who have committed to working to ensure new legislation is effective and that survivor's voices are heard. 

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