Publications

Coercive control: Impacts on children and young people in the family environment: Literature Review

It is recognised that coercive control is a key feature of abusive relationships. It is therefore essential that the conceptualisation of coercive control and the impact it has on the whole family is recognised and understood. This review, written by SafeLives – a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse for good – is concerned in particular with coercive and controlling behaviour within the context of public and private law proceedings.

 

From Survival to Sustainability

Imkaan’s From Survival to Sustainability outlines critical issues for the specialist black and ‘minority ethnic’ ending violence against women and girls sector in the UK. The report, which is funded by the Oak Foundation, presents an analysis of the funding situation and trends affecting specialised services for BME women survivors of VAWG in the UK.

Femicide Census

The latest Femicide Census report, published in December 2018, reveals that 139 women killed by men in 2017, and 40% of cases featured ‘overkilling’. Three quarters (76%, 105) of women killed by men were killed by someone they knew; 30 women were killed by a stranger, of whom 21 were killed in a terrorist attack.

From the Margin to the Centre: Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Alternative Bill

This document is proposed as the alternative bill to the government’s forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill 2018 and presents a summary of the key proposals. This bill is based on a deep understanding of the lived experiences of all those subjected to violence against women and girls (VAWG). It calls for a transformative response that is embedded in an equalities and human rights-based approach, and which is consistent with international and regional conventions and the laws of this country that reinforce the Public Sector Duty against discrimination of any kind. 

Rape Trials and Sexual History Evidence: Reforming the Law on Third-Party Evidence

Despite repeated legislative attempts to restrict the use of sexual history evidence in rape trials, it continues to be admitted in many cases, causing considerable debate and leading to further attempts to reform the law. In this light, this article examines afresh the admissibility of sexual history evidence in rape trials. It focuses particularly on evidence relating to persons other than the accused (third-party evidence), following the recent controversial judgment of the Court of Appeal in R v Ched Evans where such evidence was introduced.

Voices of Survivors: Hearing Women for Change

“Female survivors of sexual violence in Greater Manchester are not able to access the support they need.” It’s an alarming statement, but it was the conclusion reached in conversations between Manchester Action on Street Health, Manchester Rape Crisis (MRC) and Trafford Rape Crisis (TRC). This research explores experiences of accessing support for survivors of sexual violence in Greater Manchester.  

Key messages from research on institutional child sexual abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published a report looking at messages from research on institutional child sexual abuse. The report looks at the extent, dynamics and impact of institutional abuse and discusses ways of preventing institutional abuse including: a rigorous recruitment and selection processes; an open organisational culture where safeguarding is seen as everyone’s business; and organisational processes in place, such as co-working, supervision and whistleblowing procedures, to minimise the opportunities for abuse to occur.

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