Ending violence against women and girls

APPG on Sexual Violence

The next All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual Violence session will take place on Wednesday 17th July and will consider the funding landscape faced by specialist sexual violence services and explore the impacts of government strategy, commissioning frameworks and practice, and devolution of funding. This session will provide an essential overview of the particular challenges faced by specialist sexual violence organisations in light of the unprecedented demand for their services.

Restraint Bill advances to House of Lords

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill, which aims to reduce the use of restraint in mental health settings, has passed its Third Reading in the House of Commons. The Private Member’s Bill, brought forward by Steve Reed MP, was passed by MPs last Friday and will now be scrutinised in the House of Lords. 

The Bill, also known as ‘Seni’s Law’, is named after Steve Reed’s constituent Olaseni Lewis, who died after 11 police officers restrained him in 2010. It contains measures to:

Nowhere to turn 2018: Findings from the second year of the No Woman Turned Away project

Findings from the second year of the No Woman Turned Away project, which supported 264 women between 12th January 2017 and 11th January 2018 who were left with nowhere to turn at a time when they were at their most vulnerable. This left some of them at risk of homelessness and further abuse from the perpetrator. Over one in ten women supported on the project (11.7%) were forced to sleep rough during their search for a refuge, of which three women were pregnant and five women had their children with them.

Rights of Women online forum

Rights of Women is setting up a new online discussion forum on family law for professionals working with survivors of domestic abuse, to launch in July 2018. The forum is part of the Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors (FLOWS) project, which is a partnership project between Rights of Women and the RCJ Advice. If you are a professional supporting survivors, complete this survey to contribute your views on how the forum should work and what you want from it.  

£19 million fund to support victims of domestic abuse

Almost £19 million of funding to expand support for survivors of domestic abuse services across England has been launched by the Secretary of State for Communities. Councils working in partnership with charities and other organisations will be able to bid for a share of funding to support survivors of domestic abuse. This will be available for a wide range of services to help survivors rebuild their lives; including the provision of refuge beds, education, and employment and life skills training.

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