Ending violence against women and girls

7 January - Our Work: Have your say ~ Equality and Human Rights Commission – Consultation closes

The Equality and Human Rights Commission EHRC would like to hear your views about their draft strategic plan (their work plan for the next three years).

"We have set out strategic goals and priority aims in the draft plan. Your views on how we prioritise and achieve these aims are very important to us.

Join the RCTN coach to Million Women Rise 2019

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN) are organising a return trip to join the Million Women Rise march in London on Saturday 9th March. RCTN will join the march to Trafalgar Square for the Women's Rally, calling for a women's right to be free from violence and fear. Coach departure point: Berwick Street, opposite Newcastle Central Station, 6am (we are also picking up at Durham services, please contact us if you would like to join us at Durham). Return journey will get us back to Newcastle at 11:30pm.

Child sexual abuse survivor calls for change in law to prevent rapists' access to children

Sammy Woodhouse, campaigner and survivor of grooming and child sexual abuse, has spoken out after Rotherham Council informed the man convicted of raping her that he could request access to her son. With Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, Sammy is calling for a change to the 1989 Children's Act to prevent rapists gaining access to the children of their victims. Read more

Domestic abuse in England and Wales

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on domestic abuse in England and Wales. The report includes an overview of: the scope of the problem; the law concerning domestic abuse; progress made on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill following the consultation that closed 31 May 2018. Key recommendations from the consultation include: changes to the statutory definition of domestic abuse to replace 'financial abuse' with 'economic abuse', which includes access to basic resources like food and clothing.

Rape Trials and Sexual History Evidence: Reforming the Law on Third-Party Evidence

Despite repeated legislative attempts to restrict the use of sexual history evidence in rape trials, it continues to be admitted in many cases, causing considerable debate and leading to further attempts to reform the law. In this light, this article examines afresh the admissibility of sexual history evidence in rape trials. It focuses particularly on evidence relating to persons other than the accused (third-party evidence), following the recent controversial judgment of the Court of Appeal in R v Ched Evans where such evidence was introduced.

Child sexual abuse: residential schools

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a literature review of research into child sexual abuse (CSA) in residential and non-residential schools. The literature review covers research from five key areas: pupils attending residential schools; standards for keeping children safe from sexual abuse in schools in England and Wales; the scale and nature of CSA in schools; factors that influence CSA in schools; examples of unsuccessful safeguarding measures and positive approaches adopted by schools.

New campaign to end the not proven verdict – Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland and Miss M, the woman at the centre of a recent civil rape case, have launched a campaign to end the not proven verdict. Following a not proven verdict in a criminal trial in 2015, Miss M successfully sued Stephen Coxen in the civil courts, in what was the first civil damages action for rape following an unsuccessful criminal prosecution in almost 100 years. Uniquely, Scotland has three verdicts – guilty, not guilty and not proven.

Orange the World: #HearMeToo – UN Theme for 16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women 2018

This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) “Orange the World: #HearMeToo” aims to support women and girls around the world who are coming together in a global movement of solidarity against the historic power imbalances in which sexual harassment and other forms of violence are so deeply rooted.

Jobs: My Sister’s Place

My Sister’s Place, Middlesbrough is recruiting for a Community Development Worker (Domestic Abuse) to support delivery of their early intervention and prevention work. This is a full time (37 hours per week) post. Job share and secondment opportunities would be considered. Fixed-term for 12 months with a view to extending subject to funding, NJC Scale 6: SCP26 - £23,866 - £25,463 per annum. Closing date: Friday, 30th November 2018. 

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