Legal Aid Reforms and Women's Access to Justice

This is a Shadow Report from the UK women's sector to the United Nation's CEDAW executive. It represents a comprehensive round-up of the current state of women's access to justice across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Women's Resource Centre is the umbrella organisation which co-ordinated evidence from many community and voluntary sector organisations. Enormous credit goes to Cris McCurley, NE solicitor and NEEVAWG member, for pulling it all together.

Nineteen Child Homicides

This report details the cases of nineteen children, all intentionally killed by a parent who was also a known perpetrator of domestic abuse. These killings were made possible through unsafe child contact arrangements, formal and informal. Over half of these child contact arrangements were ordered through the courts. Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women's Aid, said “There is a misguided belief within the family courts and among judges that, because a relationship has ended, so has the domestic abuse.

The Health of the 51%: Women

This Annual Report was published late in 2015 by Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer. Gender based violence against women  and female genital mutilation are the subjects of the first two chapters and there are recommendations around improved training and better integrated service provision for CCGs, local authorities, mental health trusts, hospitals, GPs etc.

“Time Out”: A Strategy for Reducing Men’s Violence Against Women in Relationships?

This article critically explores accounts of how men attending domestic violence perpetrator programs (DVPP) used the “time out” strategy. Findings are drawn from 71 semi-structured interviews with 44 men attending DVPPs and 27 female partners or ex-partners of men in DVPPs. The authors describe three ways in which the technique was used: first, as intended, to interrupt potential physical violence; second, through the effective adaption of the time-out rules by victim-survivors; and finally, misappropriation by some men to continue and extend their controlling behaviors.

Big Lottery Fund Domestic Abuse Research

Big Lottery Fund asked Cordis Bright to look at the work it had funded to address domestic abuse over  five year period and share the learning from that work. The full report, case studies and a review of seven outcome measurement tools can be found on the BLF website. Key findings include:


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