Ending violence against women and girls

Staying Afloat Together programme coming up at Linskill Centre

Find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about yourself and get more out of life. Seven group sessions at the Linskill Centre for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care, managing feelings and realistic optimism. There’s also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. Free crèche. Booking essential. If you would like to know more or book a place on the course contact Jill at Barnardo’s 0191 212 0237

Forced marriage spouse visas

Officials have been accused of letting too many abusive marriages go unchallenged. Almost half of the 88 visa applications objected to on forced marriage grounds last year were approved. Figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws by The Times showed that the Home Office had received 175 inquiries about trying to block spouses' visas last year. Of those, 88 became full cases - with objections coming directly from victims, from third parties, and from officials who suspect a forced marriage. Source: BBC News

Using restorative justice approaches to police domestic violence and abuse

The use of restorative justice in cases of domestic abuse is highly controversial. While little is known about how restorative approaches are used by the police, recent research shows they are used on a widespread basis to respond to domestic abuse throughout England and Wales (Westmarland et al, 2018). This study delves deeper, to look at 62 cases within one police force. Qualitative police data extracted from force systems were analysed to discover in what type of domestic abuse incidents restorative approaches are used, and what type of approaches are used.

Rape Crisis and Women's Aid mount legal challenge to Government's cruel two-child tax credit limit policy

Rape Crisis England & Wales and Women's Aid, represented by Karon Monaghan QC and Leigh Day solicitors, are requesting permission to intervene in the Child Poverty Action Group’s legal challenge to the Government’s two-child tax credit limit policy to highlight why this cruel policy must be scrapped. Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis will be representing survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence who are experiencing unlawful and degrading treatment as a result of this policy.

Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector

The aid sector has been aware of sexual exploitation and abuse by its own personnel for years, but it has collectively failed to fully confront or address the problem. The Committee’s Report, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector, sets out how the delivery of aid to people and communities in crisis has been subverted by sexual predators who exploit weakened systems of governance. So much more could have been done to tackle this open secret, says the Report: ‘outrage is appropriate but surprise is not.’

MPs call on Government to think again about Universal Credit

The Work and Pensions Select Committee report into Universal Credit and Domestic Abuse highlights an issue facing too many women. There is a real risk that the roll-out of Universal Credit, which combines most benefits into one single payment, could be exploited by abusive and controlling partners. MPs want the Government to look again at the evidence and support the Scottish government to pilot different models of split payments within a clear timetable.

Landmark Victory for Sexual Abuse Survivor Denied Compensation Under Discriminatory 'Same Roof Rule'

On 24th July 2018, senior judges ruled the archaic 'same roof rule', which denies some sexual abuse survivors Criminal Injuries Compensation, is incompatible with human rights law, after one survivor took her case to the Court of Appeal. The woman, who was sexually abused by her stepfather from the ages of 4 to 17, had previously been denied Criminal Injuries Compensation because the abuse took place before 1979 and she had lived with her abuser at the time.

ASA consultation on gender stereotypes

EVAW, Imkaan & Rape Crisis respond to the advertising regulator's request for views on harmful sexism in ads. The Advertising Standards Authority has been consulting on proposed new guidelines to tackle gender stereotypes in advertising. The ASA draft guidelines and a description of the consultation is here. Read this joint consultation response by EVAW, Imkaan, Rape Crisis England and Wales and Rape Crisis South London and do use it to make your own, however long or short.


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