Publications

Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools

This inquiry has uncovered the scale and impact of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools across England which must be acted upon urgently. The evidence we have gathered paints a concerning picture: the sexual harassment and abuse of girls being accepted as part of daily life; children of primary school age learning about sex and relationships through exposure to hard-core pornography; teachers accepting sexual harassment as being “just banter”; and parents struggling to know how they can best support their children.

Practitioner views on the impacts, challenges and barriers in supporting older survivors of sexual violence

Despite half a century of research on both sexual violence and elder abuse, the intersection between the two remains largely unexplored. Using theoretical lenses of feminist criminology and critical feminist gerontology this article explores the intersection between age and sexual violence drawing on interviews with 23 practitioners supporting older survivors (aged 60 and over). They reported physical and emotional effects of sexual violence leading to limited lifestyles, disengagement from social networks and reliance on pathogenic coping strategies.

Women's Aid Impact Report 2016-2017

"The Women’s Aid movement is one of the most important achievements of feminism in this country. The struggle over decades, led by survivors of domestic abuse themselves, to establish the network of specialist services that now saves countless lives, continues to this day. This is not just a struggle for funding: it is also a struggle for understanding, for recognition, for women to be heard and believed. That’s why Women’s Aid can never be just a federation of organisations.

Peer Talk: Hidden Stories

A Participatory Research Project with Women Who Sell or Swap Sex in Teesside 

A Way Out is proud to have led on this research project, which has produced a detailed picture of how, where and why women sell sex, including issues associated with their personal journey into and out of sex work. A key aim of the project was to inform and shape commissioning and provision of services for a group of women, largely hidden, excluded from society and frequently distanced from the services which could help them to change their lives.

Measuring the scale and changing nature of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation Scoping report

A key aim of the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse is to increase understanding and awareness of the scale and nature of child sexual abuse (CSA). This paper forms the background to reaching current best estimates for both CSA and child sexual exploitation (CSE), as part of a strand of work which seeks to improve measurement and identify gaps in knowledge.

The aims for this piece of work were to:

Living in fear - the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking

This is the first time that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate have inspected and reported on the police service’s and Crown Prosecution Service’s approach to tackling crimes of harassment and stalking. Harassment and stalking crimes are damaging and pervade all sections of society. They can devastate lives and in some cases they end in death. In a digital world, they are crimes that can take place all too easily and frequently.

Mental health in prisons

Government does not know how many people in prison have a mental illness, how much it is spending on mental health in prisons or whether it is achieving its objectives. It is therefore hard to see how Government can be achieving value for money in its efforts to improve the mental health and well being of prisoners, according to the report by the National Audit Office.

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