Ending violence against women and girls

UK Immigration System Offers Insufficient Protections For Migrant Women Trapped In Abusive Relationships

While domestic violence is not unique to any one community in Britain, research by the charity Safe Lives found that Black, Asian or minority (BAME) victims of domestic abuse, particularly migrant women, are trapped in abusive relationships one and a half times longer than white-British women. Read the full article from the Immigration Advice Service here

Online grooming offences

The NSPCC has released figures which show that there were 5,161 crimes of sexual communication with a child recorded in the 18 months following April 2017 when sexual communication with a child became an offence. Figures show that: there has been an almost 50% increase in offences recorded in the latest six months compared to the same period in the previous year, and a 200% rise in recorded instances of the use of Instagram over the same time period.

Incorporation of CEDAW into UK law - sign the petition

Members of NEWN and the CEDAW working group have just returned from Geneva where they were working to ensure that the UK government is called to account against its commitments to eliminate discrimination against women and girls.

We are being asked to sign a petition about CEDAW on the Government's website and circulate it as widely as possible:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/230451

Breaking Down the Barriers: National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence

AVA and Agenda have launched the report Breaking Down The Barriers, with the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The report warns of devastating consequences for women and their families because they are not able to get the support they need. Time and again the signs of abuse are not picked up by professionals. Too often women are bounced around or even turned away from services. Mothers are particularly let down, with the fear of losing their children preventing them from accessing help.

Discriminatory 'same roof rule' finally to be abolished

A ban on awarding Criminal Injuries Compensation to crime victims who lived with their attacker is finally set to be scrapped, more than half a century after it was introduced. On Thursday 28th February, Ministers took steps to abolish the 55-year-old so-called 'same roof' rule, following long-term campaigning by Rape Crisis and its partners on behalf of victims and survivors whose valid claims are being denied.

Jobs: Aspire

Aspire is recruiting a Data, Evaluation and Social Impact Lead Officer – National Lottery Community Fund (16 hours/week) Funded till September 2021, salary range £22 – 26k per annum (pro-rata). This part-time position will be responsible for leading the planning, monitoring and evaluation of our Supporting Sisters’ Programme to demonstrate the outcomes, social impact and learning of this important work.

The police response to domestic abuse: An update report

This report is the fourth in a series of thematic reports, which consider the response the police service provides to victims of domestic abuse. In March 2014, the first report in this series was published (Everyone’s Business: Improving the Police Response to Domestic Abuse). Unlike in previous reports, no national recommendations are made to forces. But HMICFRS do comment on progress made since previous reports.

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