Ending violence against women and girls

Strong objection to rape victims being routinely asked to hand over their phones – EVAW

New Police & CPS guidelines very heavy-handed and likely to put victims off

Responding to the media reporting on the rollout of new ‘digital consent’ forms which will be very relevant in rape cases, and will reportedly lead to those reporting rape usually being asked to handover phones and other devices for a full digital inspection, Rachel Krys, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said:

Together Women Mentoring and Advocacy project looking for partners

Together Women Project moves women out of crime into positive futures, working with them in safe, women-only spaces, building resilience and developing strengths that enable them to move away from damaging lifestyles. We operate various services throughout the North of England, tailored to the needs of women. Each woman accessing Together Women is given an individualised package of support to meet their unique needs.

Women Side by Side Peer Support Project for the North East

Women Side by Side uses peer support to improve the mental health of women facing disadvantage.     The project is supported by Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

Women Side by Side aims to improve the wellbeing of women experiencing mental health problems, particularly the most disadvantaged women, by increasing the availability of community-based peer support provided for and by women across England and Wales.

Research call: people learning disabilities who have reported sexual assault / rape to the police.

We are researchers from Durham University who are interested in learning about criminal justice responses in Tyneside and Northumberland to people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault. We hope that the data we collect will help us to inform and develop policy and practice to support people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault and to improve their experiences of the criminal justice process.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust announces plans to significantly increase grant spending

THE Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced plans to significantly increase its grant spending by over £3 million a year.  The move will take the Trust’s annual grant spending from around £7 million per year, to over £10 million per year, for the next ten years.  Trustees decided to increase grant spending as part of a ten yearly review of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT), which funds those working towards a peaceful and just world.   It was decided that JRCT will work to increase the number of grants given to organisations outside London to achieve a greater geographical

Upskirting a crime now after campaign

Upskirting is now a criminal offence in England and Wales after a campaign by a woman targeted at a music festival.

Offenders will face up to two years in prison for taking an image or video under somebody's clothing in order to see their genitals or underwear.

Gina Martin, who led the calls for change, said she hoped the change in law would help people "feel comfortable" to report such crimes.

It is already a specific crime in Scotland but not in Northern Ireland.

Pay back the Tampon Tax to women's sector

Money collected from VAT on period products known as the Tampon Tax was pledged for women's health and support charities in November 2015. Most of the money has instead been awarded to other charities that are not focused on women's health and support and local women's charities are missing out on money which was pledged for them.

Honour the promise and make sure the Tampon Tax money is dedicated to women's charities.

Vivienne Hayes of Women's Resource Centre says:

Helpline & Email Support Volunteer Role – Recruitment Open

Women volunteer with us to delivery all of our services for women and girls with the exception of our Counselling Service.  The route into all frontline volunteer roles is via experience in our Helpline and Email Supporter role.

Recruitment for Helpline & Email Support Volunteer role is now open.  For more information click here for the Helpline & Email Support Volunteer – Role Description

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