Ending violence against women and girls

The Justice Project - Free North East Events

The Justice Project is a large-scale, comprehensive national study led by Professor Marianne Hester of University of Bristol, who has an international reputation in the Gender-Based Violence field and a long history of working with statutory and voluntary sector partners in the North East. This timely research contributes to the current debate about what “justice” means in the context of GBV and provides a more nuanced picture of what a realistic victim-focused justice response would look like.

The London Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2018-2021

This document is the Mayor of London’s strategy for delivering his vision of a safer London for women and girls, covering the period 2018- 2021. It has been produced following an in-depth consultation with Londoners, the police and all the partner agencies involved in tackling VAWG, and, crucially, with survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

A Woman-Centred Approach: Freeing vulnerable women from the revolving door of crime

The Centre for Social Justice has published a new report, A Woman-Centred Approach: Freeing vulnerable women from the revolving door of crime. 'Much of our female prison population can be traced to state failure and social breakdown. Successive governments have failed to firmly grip the issue of female offending. It is the sort of social problem that a government committed to reform can and should tackle.


Detained Voices released a statement from the strikers in Yarl’s Wood in response to the demonstrations this weekend: ‘We in Yarl’s Wood are very grateful to the demonstrators who will attend the protest here today, we are holding a day of hunger to show solidarity with our supporters.

APPG on Women in the Penal System launch new inquiry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women in the Penal System has launched a major inquiry into the sentencing of women in England and Wales. Ten years after the Corston report into women’s vulnerability in the criminal justice system, the APPG on Women in the Penal System is still pushing for the recommendations of this report to be implemented in full.

'No wonder so few people report rape. They are hung out to dry in court'

Last week, The Guardian published a piece on how the fear of intrusive investigations and total loss of privacy make sexual assault vicitms less likely to make a complaint. ‘Complainants now face a complete loss of privacy, having to hand over their mobile phones, tablets and even work computers, containing a mass of personal material such as text messages, photographs and even medical records. Few people realise that even deleted material will be examined, including pictures that may have been taken while the victim was in an abusive relationship.

Inspectorate of Constabulary PEEL police effectiveness 2017 review

The most recent review from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services' (HMICFRS) has found that some victims of domestic abuse and other serious crimes have to wait days to be seen by police officers because 999 calls are not getting a prompt response. The report found that a quarter of forces in England and Wales were often “overwhelmed” by demand. Source: BBC News. Read the Women’s Aid response here

Child sexual exploitation: How the system failed

On 16th March 2018, BBC News published an article examining the widespread issue of Child Sexual Exploitation across the UK. ‘Grooming, rape, trafficking, or the many other ways children are being sexually abused, the subject of child sexual exploitation - or CSE as it is known by professionals in the field - is in the headlines with depressing regularity. Telford is currently in the spotlight - but is by no means the first place and will not be the last.’ Read the full article here. 


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