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Search for Commissioner to lead response on domestic abuse – Home Office

The Home Office has announced it is launching recruitment for the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner, who will be charged with standing up for victims and survivors, providing public leadership on domestic abuse concerns and driving the response to issues. The candidate will also give recommendations to the government and local bodies on how provisions could be improved and highlight where best practice is taking place.

Home, the most dangerous place for women, with majority of female homicide victims worldwide killed by partners or family, UNODC study says

Around 87,000 women were killed around the world last year, some 50,000 - or 58 per cent - at the hands of intimate partners or family members. This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know, according to new research published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Domestic and sexual violence and abuse: Northern Ireland

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has published guidance for employers on developing a workplace policy on domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Guidance includes: definition of domestic and sexual violence and abuse; information on the impact of domestic and sexual violence and abuse on children; confidentiality and record keeping; perpetrators in the workplace; role of the line manager.

Violence, abuse and mental health network: survey

The Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network (VAMHN) is consulting on the priorities for its future research. An online survey asks respondents to rate questions by importance covering topics such as: technology and abuse; abuse and mental health problems; reducing violence against people with mental health problems; developing future methods of research. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - July 2018 to September 2018, Experimental Statistics Report

The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset (SCCI 2026) is a repository for individual level data collected by healthcare providers in England, including acute hospital providers, mental health providers and GP practices. The Experimental Statistics Report for July 2018 – September 2018 has now been published. The figures show that:

7 January - Our Work: Have your say ~ Equality and Human Rights Commission – Consultation closes

The Equality and Human Rights Commission EHRC would like to hear your views about their draft strategic plan (their work plan for the next three years).

"We have set out strategic goals and priority aims in the draft plan. Your views on how we prioritise and achieve these aims are very important to us.

Join the RCTN coach to Million Women Rise 2019

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN) are organising a return trip to join the Million Women Rise march in London on Saturday 9th March. RCTN will join the march to Trafalgar Square for the Women's Rally, calling for a women's right to be free from violence and fear. Coach departure point: Berwick Street, opposite Newcastle Central Station, 6am (we are also picking up at Durham services, please contact us if you would like to join us at Durham). Return journey will get us back to Newcastle at 11:30pm.

Child sexual abuse survivor calls for change in law to prevent rapists' access to children

Sammy Woodhouse, campaigner and survivor of grooming and child sexual abuse, has spoken out after Rotherham Council informed the man convicted of raping her that he could request access to her son. With Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, Sammy is calling for a change to the 1989 Children's Act to prevent rapists gaining access to the children of their victims. Read more

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