Ending violence against women and girls

Universal Credit risks increasing women’s vulnerability to financial abuse

As Universal Credit continues to roll out nationally, women’s groups have published a new report, which raises concerns that Universal Credit payments which are paid into one bank account for everyone in the household, rather than individual accounts, risk giving more power to abusers in homes where women are domestic violence.

Women's Aid: Nowhere to turn 2018

Survivors of domestic abuse and their children are being forced to sleep rough as some local authority housing teams fail in their duty, findings from Women’s Aid’s latest report ‘Nowhere to turn 2018: Findings from the second year of the No Woman Turned Away project’ shows. The No Woman Turned Away project supported 264 women between 12th January 2017 and 11th January 2018 who were left with nowhere to turn at a time when they were at their most vulnerable. 

Research investigating the domestic violence evidential requirements for legal aid in private family disputes

The Ministry of Justice has published the findings of research conducted in 2016 to 2017 investigating the barriers some victims of domestic violence face when obtaining evidence required in legal aid applications for private family law disputes. Read the full report here

190 women forced to declare their experience of rape to claim child tax credit

The Government has published its statistics on the so-called 'rape clause' exemption to the two-child tax credit limit, revealing that 190 women so far have gone through the process of declaring a child of theirs was conceived through rape in order to retain the benefit for their family's welfare. Read more on the Rape Crisis England and Wales website. 

Government ratifies Lanzarote Convention to tackle child sexual exploitation

The Home Office has announced that the Government will ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the Lanzarote Convention. The convention is part of the United Nations and Council of Europe standards to end all kinds of sexual offences against children, including exploitation of children through prostitution, grooming and offences related to child abuse material.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

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