Online Abuse Parliamentary Debate: Law Reform and Funding Specialist Support Services

The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) at Durham University is a newly established think tank generating evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media. Founded by a partnership between leading researchers and policy experts in the field, GEM’s aim is for a democratic media, open and accessible to all. It makes the connections across forms of media including print media, online spaces and social media, film, gaming and music videos, and seeks to inform consistent evidence based policy-making across these areas.

Co-created support for adult survivors of childhood abuse

The International Centre at the University of Bedfordshire has published learning from their recent evaluation of a project working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, run by Victim Support in partnership with the National Association of People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). The project was co-created by a small group of adult survivors of child sexual abuse who worked in partnership with the project facilitators.

How legislation protects women-only services and spaces

This briefing highlights the existence of legal protections for women-only activities, spaces and services to help ensure that these rights are properly understood and to avoid misinterpretation that may threaten their existence. It includes: a summary of what is and isn’t covered by the Equality Act 2010; when discrimination is lawful; women-only associations; when discrimination against women-only events is unlawful and the legal responsibilities of public bodies.

SOS: Save refuges, save lives

This report provides the most up to date evidence and information on the provision of specialist domestic violence refuge services in England in 2014. It collates data from the Women’s Aid Annual Survey, UKrefugesonline (UKROL1) and other published sources to highlight the impact of funding cuts and poor local commissioning on specialist domestic violence refuge services and the women and children who need them.

Disability and domestic abuse: Risks, impacts and responses

Published at the end of 2015, this document improves understanding of the complexities of disabled people’s experiences of domestic abuse and promotes consideration of these complexities within the public health system. It also supports local and national action, and provides guidance to improve response across:

  • local authorities
  • health and social care services
  • clinical commissioners
  • domestic abuse services
  • disability services
  • police and crime commissioners
  • the wider public health system


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