Ending violence against women and girls

Greater Manchester Police logs 775 LGBT domestic violence reports

Last week, the BBC reported that nearly 800 reports of domestic violence within Greater Manchester's LGBT community were recorded by police during the last 12 months. In April 2017 Greater Manchester Police (GMP) became the first force in the UK to specifically record such abuse, and have logged 775 cases. Baroness Beverley Hughes, deputy mayor for policing, said GMP now has a "clearer picture" of the abuse.

Tackling harmful sexual behaviours in schools

The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking (University of Bedfordshire) have launched a series of resources to help schools respond to harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). The resources are a response to the high prevalence of young people displaying HSB, from name calling to sexual bullying and sexual assault, and a recognition of the critical role schools play in setting social norms for young people.

Legal costs halt thousands of domestic violence cases

Domestic abuse victims in England have been unable to get emergency court orders stopping their abusers from harming them. The National Centre for Domestic Violence said 6,000 victims were denied free legal representation last year. Legal Aid applicants for non-molestation orders are means tested and often told to pay towards the cost. Read the full article on the BBC News website.


In the Belfast rape trial, I’m haunted by the man who couldn’t stand up to his friends

How the trial of four rugby players exposed a deep seam of misogyny. Sometimes, a cold recital of the facts has more force than yards of the most thunderous polemic. After a night in which a group of rugby players had a sexual encounter with a woman at a party, one of the men sent a volley of messages to the friend who took her home.

The damaging legacy of the rape clause for three or more children

From 6 April that year, any woman claiming the equivalent of £53 per week for a third or subsequent child would have to fit into one of several exceptions – including declaring she had been raped or that she had the child within an abusive relationship. Read Rachal Revesz’s article in the Independent on the impact of the two-child policy.  

Funding: County Durham & Darlington Community Safety Fund

The Police, Crime & Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC), in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF), is making available a grants fund to support the community and voluntary sector of County Durham and Darlington. The Community Safety Fund will support projects and initiatives that help keep communities safe and contribute towards inspiring public confidence.


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