Ending violence against women and girls

Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places inquiry

The Women and Equalities Committee launches a new inquiry into sexual harassment of women and girls in public places. The Committee held a one-off evidence session on women's experiences of everyday sexism and sexual harassment in December 2017, following the emergence of widespread allegations in the UK and US about sexual assault and harassment across a wide range of sectors.

Identifying the factors that facilitate women who have experienced sexual assault to attend their cervical smear test

Royal Holloway University and the My Body Back project have launched a study to understand more about what factors may be related to how often women who have experienced sexual assault intend to and do attend their cervical smear. This is with the hope to inform support for those who do not regularly attend. The study is all based online, and will take approximately 20-40 minutes to complete and involve a few questionnaires. No personally identifiable information will be asked of you so your data will be stored with a participant ID number.

Developing bystander responses to sexual harassment among young people

In 2014 the Fundamental Rights Agency found that sexual harassment was the most prevalent form of violence against girls and women, across the 28 EU member states. A promising new approach to the prevention of sexual harassment is targeting young people as bystanders, inviting them to notice and intervene in sexual harassment situations.

SafeLives Guidance: Domestic abuse practitioners giving evidence in court

Due to the police’s requirement to record third party evidence, and as practitioners are increasingly based within remote locations - such as hospitals and police stations, where they may be witnessing domestic abuse incidents or evidence of abuse - they may be increasingly asked to make third party reports or statements to the police. In some cases, this could lead to a summons or request to give evidence in criminal court. SafeLives has produced guidance for domestic abuse practitioners giving evidence in court

Victims bring crowd-funded legal challenge to Parole Board decision to free Worboys

Two victims of the 'black cab rapist' have launched a legal challenge to the Parole Board, insisting women won’t be safe if Worboys is released. A crowdfund has been started to support the victims’ legal costs. Worboys’ victims, known as DSD and NBV, are calling on the public to back their challenge via crowdfunding site CrowdJustice

Source: EVAW

Not worth reporting: Women’s experiences of drug-facilitated sexual assault

Dominant narratives around the links between sexual violence and alcohol or other drug use are often problematic, if not outright victim-blaming. This includes public awareness campaigns that seek to limit women’s freedom of movement and expression through advice to limit drinking or take taxis home from bars, through to jury attitudes that result in women being seen as less ‘reliable’ witnesses in court if they were intoxicated at the time of the offence.

Peace of Mind – An evaluation of Refuge Access for All

As a response to the increasing number of women coming into refuges with mental health and drug and alcohol issues, Solace looked at how we could provide a more inclusive response to women’s needs and recovery from the trauma they had experienced. The Refuge Access for All project was established to improve our response. At the heart of this was the creation of a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) across Solace Refuges.

Tallawah: A briefing paper on black and ‘minority ethnic’ women and girls organising to end violence against us.

This paper seeks to provide a framework for understanding the nature, and the importance of, specialist organisations which are led by Black and ‘minority ethnic’ (BME) women and which work to address al forms of violence against BME women and girls. We have deliberately chosen to speak in terms of ‘us’ and ‘we’, as recognition that violence against women and girls is widespread and devastating in its effects; and has direct and indirect impacts on the lives of all women and girls. Published by Imkaan. 

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