Ending violence against women and girls

This is what Diamond Strip bars are doing to crackdown on sexual harassment

Revellers are being urged to look out for the signs of sexual harassment while enjoying a night out on Newcastle’s famous Diamond Strip. Shout-Up! – a campaign to make Newcastle’s pubs, club and bars sex pest free zones – launched in the Ouseburn area of the city in December. And now the initiative is back for Easter, this time targeting Collingwood Street’s buzzing venues. Read the full article featured in The Chronicle last week. 

What the parole board approving John Worboys’ release did not take into consideration

Last week, the High Court was asked to decide whether the Parole Board’s decision to release John Worboys (also known as the ‘Black Cab Rapist’) was lawful and rational. During the two-day hearing we learned the Parole Board based their decision only on the offences Worboys was convicted of. They did not take into account the full extent of the crimes Worboys is thought to have committed – police think he may have raped or sexually assaulted more than 100 women – even though this is in the public domain.

Domestic Abuse Bill consultation announced

On International Women’s Day, the 8th March 2018, the Government opened a consultation on the new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, offering what Amber Rudd has called a ‘once in a generation opportunity to transform our entire approach’ to domestic abuse. In response, women’s organisations have urged for radical change, challenging the focus on criminal sanctions and sentencing, the continued cuts to service provision, and the importance of recognising the different forms of domestic and sexual abuse as well as their intersections.

Kaleidoscopic Justice Sexual Violence and Victim-Survivors’ Perceptions of Justice

This article proposes a more multifaceted way of thinking about victim-survivors’ perceptions of justice; what we have termed ‘kaleidoscopic justice’. Developed from an empirical investigation with 20 victim-survivors of sexual violence, kaleidoscopic justice understands justice as a constantly shifting pattern; justice constantly refracted through new experiences or understandings; justice as an ever-evolving, nuanced and lived experience.

Getting help to overcome abuse: a quick guide for young people receiving support

The NICE guideline on child abuse and neglect aims to help anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and young people to spot signs of abuse and neglect and to know how to respond. This quick guide, which is written from the perspective of young people who have experienced abuse and neglect, is based on the guideline and explains to young people what they should expect from services.

The guide covers:

Domestic Abuse Bill consultation: AVA seminar

On 7th March 2018, Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) held a seminar to help organisations supporting people affected by domestic and sexual violence in London prepare to respond to the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation. It was attended by delegates from over 30 organisations. The seminar was delivered as part of Ascent, which is funded by London Councils. Further information and materials from the seminar are available on the AVA website.

Speakers at the seminar were:

Women’ s Aid releases new data from Survival and Beyond

On International Women’s Day, Women’s Aid releasesd new data from Survival and Beyond: the domestic abuse report to bring to light the lifesaving work that is often hidden away within our communities. Through their work in member services in England, refuge workers provided an estimated 13,414 women and their 14,353 children fleeing domestic abuse with a place of safety, while an estimated 154,306 survivors were supported in community-based support services during the year 2016/17.

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