Ending violence against women and girls

Appalling rates of self-inflicted deaths among women and girls

Women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act are taking their lives at “appalling” rates, according to a report from Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. New figures, obtained by Agenda from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), show that women’s self-inflicted deaths overtook men’s for the first time in 2015 and did so again in 2016. Read the full report: Women in Crisis: How women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act. 

Rape Crisis Group Work

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is running its next 8-week evening group from mid-October in central Newcastle. RCTN groups are for any woman aged 16 or over who lives, works or studies in Tyneside and Northumberland and has experienced sexual violence at any time in her life. The group offers a safe, supportive space to meet other women, explore myths around sexual violence and practice self-care and positive coping mechanisms.

Jobs: ARCH North East

ARCH North East is recruiting a SARC Link Worker (Full time, £23,500 per year). The post holder will be employed by ARCH North East and seconded to work within the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Teesside. The primary aim of the post is to support and increase referrals from a range of health settings into the SARC and other Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) support services, also including support to Men and Boys.

Abuse victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK

The Guardian reported that the refusal rate for people applying to stay in the UK after suffering domestic violence more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 after the government pledged to make the UK a “hostile environment for illegal immigrants”. A new rule, which allowed people who entered the UK on a spousal visa and then suffered domestic abuse, the right to apply for leave to remain, was introduced in 2002 after campaigners argued that women were being forced to choose between deportation and continued abuse or domestic violence.

I’ll be a survivor for the rest of my life: adult survivors of child sexual abuse and their experience of support services

This report is based on a collaborative qualitative research study conducted in partnership between the University of Suffolk and Survivors in Transition (SiT) between January and May 2018, looking at the impact of delayed disclosure and access to services and support for those who experienced sexual abuse in their childhood.

Understanding women’s pathways through the criminal justice system

More than 13,500 women are imprisoned in the UK every year. The reasons why are complex but they must be understood if these numbers are to be reduced. This research has been commissioned by the J Leon Philanthropy Council to gain a better understanding of women’s pathways into and through the criminal justice system.

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