Ending violence against women and girls

Children living in households with complex needs

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report analysing the voices of children living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and parental mental health problems. The report presents findings from interviews with 15 children and young people aged 6 to 19 who were supported in three projects in London, Doncaster and Herefordshire.

“Are they shouting because of me?” Voices of children living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental health issues

Much of the research into the impact on children of living in households with domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental health is from the perspective of adults – with limited insights from children themselves. In this study, the Children’s Commissioner wanted to hear directly from children what it was like to live in these households. 

First ever inter-professional guidance on adult safeguarding

UK’s first guidance has been launched on safeguarding to help nurses and other healthcare staff more effectively protect vulnerable adults. The document, published by a range of royal colleges and other professional organisations, sets out core competencies, skills and training that staff should have. Other forms of abuse it aims to counter are people trafficking and modern slavery, domestic abuse, and internet abuse, such as being as being the subject of non-consensual online pornography.

Sexual harassment of police staff a ‘serious problem’ – survey results show

Police staff working for forces in England and Wales are subject to high levels of sexual harassment, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Unison, and the University of Surrey. The survey, based on a survey of 1,776 police staff in England, Wales and Scotland, found 4% of police staff reported being pressurised into having sex with colleagues, or being told that sexual favours could result in preferential treatment (8%).

Two-thirds of women worry about sexual harassment at festivals – survey

The Guardian reported on a new Durham University study, which reveals 30% of women say they have been sexually harassed and 10% sexually assaulted at music festivals. Concerns have been raised about the safety of women at music festivals after a survey found that almost seven out of 10 worry about prospect of sexual assault and sexual harassment at events in the UK. A further 30% of women said they had been sexually harassed and 10% had been sexually assaulted, the study by Durham University showed.

Women in Crisis: How women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act

This report sets out growing evidence that being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detrimental to women and girls’ wellbeing, with little attention paid to their particular needs, including their experience of trauma. This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report. Women and girls are slightly less likely than men and boys to be detained under the Mental Health Act. In 2016/17, 21,291 women and girls and 22,716 men and boys were detained.

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