Collaboration and partnership

More than 4,000 women with mental health problems to benefit from peer support – Agenda

Women across England and Wales will get vital mental health support as part of a major new programme launched by mental health charity Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

The £1.8 million programme, called Women Side by Side, will increase the availability of high quality, community-based peer support for women through around 70 projects delivered by specialist organisations across the country.

Brexit risks ‘turning the clock back on gender equality’ – Women’s Budget Group

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The first independent report looking at the economic impact of Brexit on women has today been published by the Women’s Budget Group and the Fawcett Society. The report shows the economic impact of Brexit will hit women hard, leading to lost jobs, cuts to services and a squeeze on family budgets.

Nearly 60% of survivors using domestic abuse services are mothers and 1 in 15 are pregnant – Women’s Aid

Nearly 60% survivors accessing domestic abuse support services have children and 1 in 15 are pregnant, according to a new report released by Women’s Aid to coincide with Mother’s Day.

Yet according to the report, The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Annual Audit, domestic abuse services are struggling to cope with demand and provide the level of support that survivors and their children need because of ongoing funding uncertainty and budget cuts.

Developments in the Law on VAW update by Cris McCurley

"The Government has published it’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill, and while there are things to welcome, the Bill will not make any difference to the lives of survivors of VAWG unless there is significant investment into front line services for women and a reversal of the austerity measures that have seen refuges close. My analysis of the Bill was published in LAG magazine’s February issue and can be read here.

Shamshad Iqbal wins top award and Umme Imam honoured

On the eve of International Women’s Day Ben Hoare Bell solicitors were so happy to attend the IKWRO True Honour awards in London, having nominated Shamshad for an award in recognition of the amazing work she has done for literally decades to advocate for women and children who are victims of abuse. We knew she was going to win one of the awards, but she actually won the top award of the night as the Judges declared that they had been deeply impressed by the testimonials that they had received.

Support Southall Black Sisters & Latin American Womens Rights Service #ProtectionForAll

Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) jointly hosted a public meeting #ProtectionForAll: Domestic Abuse Bill and Migrant Women on the 18th of March in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the Domestic Abuse Bill and put forward amendments which uphold migrant women’s human rights to safety and justice.

SBS and LAWRS are calling for:

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