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Women First Virtual Launch

On the 21st May the Women First partnership will be holding a Virtual Launch.  Please head to Facebook and Twitter and follow @WomenFirstPart1 on either, to help spread the word in the lead up to the event. 

Women First is a partnership of 21 women’s organisations, established to bring about sustainability through collaboration, innovation and enterprise. Our vision is of thriving local, independent and holistic women led services and empowered women and girls who are able to make changes in their lives and have their voice heard. 

Jobs: My Sister's Place

My Sister’s Place, Middlesbrough, is recruiting the following positions:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (37 hours per week): JNC Scale 26 starting salary- £23,866 
  • Support Worker (37 hours per week): JNC Scale 20 starting salary - £19,819

Closing date for applications: ​12 Noon on Friday 25th May 2018. Interview dates: Friday 1st June 2018 for IDVA post and Tuesday 5th June 2018 for the Support Worker Post. For more information, see the job listings here

EVAW: DRAFT Submission to Government Consultation on the proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill

The Government consultation on its proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill closes on 31 May. The End Violence Against Women Coalition has prepared a response and are making this available to enable others to read their suggested answers and make their own submission. The Government’s consultation is a long document, and it can feel in places that great expertise is needed to fill it in. In fact, you can leave questions blank and skip to areas where you wish to be heard.

Domestic abuse survivors ‘falling through the cracks’ as system leaves them in ‘cycle of homelessness’

'If the government really wants to cut rough sleeping, it needs to try and root out domestic violence,' Labour MP Neil Coyle told The Independent last week. Domestic abuse victims are "falling through the cracks" into a spiral of homelessness while perpetrators regularly escape punishment, a report has warned. The study warns that vulnerable people are being failed by support services, as a shortfall in refuges and council housing them leaves them sleeping rough to escape violence. Read the full article here

EVAW: Submission to House of Commons Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases

The End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) has produced a submission to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. EVAW states: We welcome this inquiry which we believe is urgent, following the recent media ‘furore’ concerning the apparent collapse of criminal cases related to poor disclosure practice. It is already established that current concerns around disclosure in criminal cases, in particular of digital evidence, relate to policy, practice and resources across all or most crime types.

Review of Open Clasp’s Rattle Snake at Soho Theatre

"Coercive controlling domestic abuse may not sound like a good subject to turn into an entertainment for the masses. When the play is based on real life stories from women that have suffered and survived such abuse, then it starts to sound even less like something I would want to see. However, being nothing if not professional, I went along to the Soho Theatre to see Open Clasp’s production Rattle Snake." Read the full 5* Review here

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