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Jobs: Chief Officer for Safety Net (UK)

Safety Net (UK) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which aims to support the recovery of those affected by rape, sexual and domestic abuse and exploitation across North and West Cumbria. Safety Net provides support, therapy and group work, and is developing prevention and 1:1 work in schools, with plans to develop our training functions and recovery community work. Safety Net wants to recruit an ambitious Chief Officer to work with the trustees and team to develop and lead the organization through the next stage of development.

"What about my right not to be abused?" Domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts

Women’s Aid, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, has published a new report, “What about my right not to be abused?” Domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts. The report looks at domestic abuse and child contact proceedings in the family courts through the lens of human rights. It is based on the testimonies of 72 women survivors living in England. It uncovers a glaring gender gap in the way human rights are used and understood in the family courts.

New Interactive Data Dashboard Shines Light on Criminal Justice System Handling of Rape Cases

On behalf of the national Rape Monitoring Group (RMG), Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published a new interactive dashboard to enable a more thorough analysis of how rape is dealt with locally at each stage of the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The dashboard includes data from the Home Office/Office for National Statistics, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice.

Behind Closed Doors: Organised sexual exploitation in England and Wales

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prostutition and the Global Sex Trade has published the findings its inquiry: Behind Closed Doors: Organised sexual exploitation in England and Wales. In response to concerns about ‘pop-up’ brothels and the true scale and nature of organised sexual exploitation in the UK, in 2017 the APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade launched an inquiry. The inquiry sought to establish the scale and nature of the problem, who is involved and what action is required to tackle it.

Reforming Pornography Laws: Recommendations to Parliamentary Review

Are English laws on pornography fit for purpose? If not, how should the law be changed? These are some of the issues addressed in the evidence Professor Clare McGlynn gave to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual Violence inquiry into sexual violence and pornography in April 2018. You can read the full evidence submission here. Based on Professor McGlynn’s research with Dr Fiona Vera-Gray, Dr Hannah Bows and Prof Erika Rackley, her main recommendations are:

CIH launches new domestic abuse pledge for housing organisations

A new pledge to tackle domestic abuse in housing has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing. The Make a Stand pledge has been developed by CIH in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid as part of Alison Inman’s presidential appeal. It consists of four commitments which housing organisations can make to support people who live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse:

• To put in place and embed a policy to support residents who are experiencing domestic abuse

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