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Tampon Tax Fund

In the Autumn Statement 2016 the Chancellor announced the 2017/18 Tampon Tax Fund.  This year the fund is inviting charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations across the UK to bid into one or two categories. The first category seeks proposals to address violence against women and girls.  The second category is open to proposals from organisations that work to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.  For further information and to apply for the fund go to this webpage.  The deadline for applications is 27 January 2017.

Durham landlord gets domestic abuse accreditation

A Durham landlord has been accredited for its commitment to supporting those affected by domestic violence. Durham City Homes is the first landlord in the region to be recognised by the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) – a partnership between Gentoo, Peabody and Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. This six-month improvement programme has seen the landlord’s approach to the issue scrutinised, including looking at service delivery, policies and procedures, risk management and employee training.

VAWG Service Transformation Fund

The violence against women and girls service transformation fund offers £15 million for local commissioners that help prevent and address violence against women and girls. The guidance outlines:

  • the purpose of the funding
  • who can apply
  • how you can apply

It also gives an idea of time frames but the fund is not yet open and firm dates have not yet been announced.

Stalking Protection Orders planned

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has announced plans to introduce new Stalking Protection Orders, calling it a "practical solution to a crime happening now". Paladin - the national charity for victims of stalking - welcomed the news. Ms Rudd announced plans for the new orders, designed to intervene early to keep victims safe and stop ‘stranger stalking’ before it escalates, after visiting the National Stalking Helpline andsaid:

Attitudes towards type IV FGM

Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) has published a report on attitudes towards Type IV female genital mutilation (FGM) in the African community across Greater Manchester, specifically looking at the practice of labia elongation. Key findings include: participants acknowledged this practice as a cherished cultural norm and did not perceive it to be mutilation, indicating that FGM involved cutting of the female sexual organs only.

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