Publications

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.

Safe and Equal: A Guide on Young People and Meaningful Participation for the Violence Against Women and Girls Sector

This guide aims to provide an overview of the issues to consider when undertaking meaningful participation with young survivors of abuse and multiple disadvantage. The guide is primarily for practitioners working within the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector but may also be of use to funders and commissioners. The contents are focused on working with children and young people, however the principles are similar for working with adults. AVA provide relevant training to accompany this guide. 

Jumping through hoops: How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?

In 2017, Agenda and AVA published Mapping the Maze, which provided a broad picture of the support that homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice services are providing to women. This report explores the experiences of local areas across the country that are seeking to bring such services together to develop a more coordinated response for individuals facing multiple disadvantage, either using the MEAM Approach or as part of the Big Lottery’s Fulflling Lives programme. 

A quiet crisis: local government spending on disadvantage

Lloyds Bank Foundation commissioned this independent research by the New Policy Institute to find out how English local authorities are supporting people facing disadvantage. It explores how local services have fare during a sustained period of severe financial pressure on local government finances and whether this experience differs across the country. 

It's (still) a Rich Man's World

Young women remain more likely to be on low pay, job insecurity has increased, debt levels have risen and young women’s mental health concerns are skyrocketing.

Our 2018 annual survey, It's (still) a Rich Man's World, once again shows that young women remain more likely than young men to be
affected by job insecurity, money worries and debt. 

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“Are they shouting because of me?” Voices of children living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental health issues

Much of the research into the impact on children of living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental health is from the perspective of adults – with limited insights from children themselves. In this study, the Children’s Commissioner wanted to hear directly from children what it was like to live in these households. 

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