Ending violence against women and girls

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.

UK rape complainants 'face unfair questions about sexual history'

This week, The Guardian reported that complainants in rape cases are being subjected to invasive and unfair questioning about their sexual history, according to a cross-party campaign supporting tighter restrictions on cross-examination in trials. Two former Labour solicitor generals, Harriet Harman and Dame Vera Baird QC, are leading calls for reform of section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, which they say is deterring women from reporting attacks.

Jobs: Changing Lives

Changing Lives is looking to recruit a Co-Production Worker (Female Engagement). Permanent contract, 22,633.00 - £24,571.00 per annum. Closing date: Monday, 12 February, 2018 - 00:00. "Are you an experienced Social Care professional, looking for a rewarding new career? Do you have experience working with individuals experiencing multiple-complex needs across areas such as; mental health, homelessness, addictions or criminal justice? Got demonstrated knowledge of the causes and effects of multiple and complex needs relating to adults: in particular women?

Southall Black Sisters Is Proud to Join the All Women Count Campaign

Find out more about the All Women Count Campaign. Join refugee and migrant women in Westminster on International Women’s Day 2018 to demand safety, dignity and liberty for all women. On the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK, let’s not forget those women whose voices are too often not heard. Refugee and migrant women in the UK often do not have the right to vote, and yet are affected by laws and policies decided in Westminster. "The forthcoming Domestic Violence Bill must prioritise safety, equality, dignity and liberty for migrant women.

Funding: Garfield Weston Foundation

To celebrate their 60th anniversary, the Garfield Weston Foundation has announced a grants scheme offering £5 to smaller charities to provide new, or improve existing, community facilities. The Anniversary Fund will consider funding the entirety of a project, or help to complete your fundraising, with grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000. Applications open from 5th January to 30th June 2018. 

Sexual harassment is rife in hospitality industry, according to preliminary findings of Unite survey

Nine out of 10 hospitality workers have experienced sexual harassment at work, according to the preliminary finding of a new survey by Unite, the country’s biggest union. The initial findings of the union’s #NotOnTheMenu survey reveal that of those who had experienced sexual harassment and responded 56.3 per cent said that they had been targeted by a member of the public and 22.7 percent said that they had been harassed by a manager.

Extent of online facilitated child sexual abuse

The University of Huddersfield has published a report for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) quantifying the extent of online facilitated child sexual abuse (CSA), and providing estimates of the scale of varying types of online-facilitated child sexual abuse. The rapid evidence assessment includes figures for the number of offences committed; the number of perpetrators; the number of victims; and the number of images viewed, downloaded and exchanged. 

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

While your back was turned: How mental health policymakers stopped paying attention to the specific needs of women and girls

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last fifteen years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.


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