Ending violence against women and girls

Government consultation open on Draft Domestic Abuse Bill and £20 m in Funding

The Government has launched this consultation as part of its commitment to end domestic abuse and to improve and expand services to meet the needs of those experiencing abuse and violence.

The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary have launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors as well as how to allocate some of the £20 million funding for domestic abuse services that was announced a year ago.

Coercing reluctant witnesses - who's really at risk?

Survivors of rape need and deserve many things in the aftermath of this uniquely devastating crime, and the chance to receive justice for what happened is certainly one of them. What they do not need is for the devastation they have already experienced to be compounded by the very system which is supposed to protect them. Blog post by Rape Crisis Scotland exploring the impact of the Criminal Justice process on survivors. 

Mindfulness Tool for Women Survivors

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, in partnership with Mindful Therapies are inviting women survivors of sexual violence to help them develop a
Mindfulness Tool for Survivors. This will be a self-help tool that women who have experienced sexual violence can use for free. Women will be able to use the mindfulness tools created independently of services, either on the internet or via CDs or memory sticks. For more information visit the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland website

SafeLives latest Podcast: Bisexual women and domestic abuse

SafeLives Insights data indicates that bisexual women are particularly vulnerable when experiencing domestic abuse, especially in terms of mental health. Ruth and Collette from SafeLives sat down to discuss their experiences as bisexual women, and the difficulties that bi women face when accessing domestic abuse services. Listen to the latest Podcast here

This is what Diamond Strip bars are doing to crackdown on sexual harassment

Revellers are being urged to look out for the signs of sexual harassment while enjoying a night out on Newcastle’s famous Diamond Strip. Shout-Up! – a campaign to make Newcastle’s pubs, club and bars sex pest free zones – launched in the Ouseburn area of the city in December. And now the initiative is back for Easter, this time targeting Collingwood Street’s buzzing venues. Read the full article featured in The Chronicle last week. 

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