Ending violence against women and girls

Sexual harassment & abuse in Westminster: The Leadsom Report

The “Leadsom Report”, the cross-party report on sexual harassment and abuse in Westminster, has been published. Recommendations from the report include the role of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs), a complaints procedure independent of political parties, and the possible suspension or expulsion of Parliamentarians found to be perpetrators of abuse. 

Domestic Abuse Reforms Have Been Shelved Because Of Brexit

Last week, Buzzfeed reported on Labour MP Jess Phillips, who has said that legislation aimed at stopping abusive former partners from cross-examining their victims in family courts was put on hold due to the snap election and has fallen by the wayside. A planned reform to help survivors of domestic abuse has fallen by the wayside because “the government doesn’t have the capacity for any non-Brexit legislation", a Labour MP has said. Jess Phillips – chair of the women's parliamentary Labour party – has said that legislation aimed at stopping abusive forme

100 years since the first British women won right to vote, yet survivors of domestic abuse still face barriers to voting in 2018

To coincide with the centenary of the first British women securing the right to vote, Women’s Aid has revived the Right to Vote campaign, which was founded by survivor and campaigner Mehala Osborne, to highlight that in 2018 some women’s voices are still not being heard. Women’s Aid are using this momentous anniversary to call on the government to make the right to vote in safety a reality for all survivors of domestic abuse for life.

Scotland set to pass 'gold standard' domestic abuse law

This week, The Guardian reported that a law setting a “gold standard” for domestic abuse legislation by incorporating both emotional and physical violence into the same offence is expected to be passed by the Scottish parliament. The domestic abuse bill, which has cross-party backing, creates a specific offence of “abusive behaviour in relation to a partner or ex-partner”. This will cover not only physical abuse but other forms of psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour that cannot easily be prosecuted using the existing criminal law.

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