Ending violence against women and girls

Voices of Survivors: Hearing Women for Change

“Female survivors of sexual violence in Greater Manchester are not able to access the support they need.” It’s an alarming statement, but it was the conclusion reached in conversations between Manchester Action on Street Health, Manchester Rape Crisis (MRC) and Trafford Rape Crisis (TRC). This research explores experiences of accessing support for survivors of sexual violence in Greater Manchester.  

Women’s Aid: A Bill for Survivors

Women’s Aid has released new statistics revealing that domestic abuse services are being forced to run their vital therapeutic support without any dedicated funding, while survivors desperate for help are unable to access the support they need to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic abuse. The government is set to announce draft legislation for its domestic abuse bill at any moment.

EVAW on John Gillen review: Call for legal representation for victims welcomed

Responding to the publication of the John Gillen Review initial findings and recommendations on the justice system’s response to serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland, Sarah Green, Co-Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “John Gillen’s review is a compelling read. He has not been afraid to talk to all interested parties, to name some of what has been unsayable around rape trials, and to make bold recommendations.His recognition that “rape myths” are a reality and a serious problem in rape trials is very welcome.

AVA Seminar: Tackling Violence & Abuse Against Disabled Women and Girls

The intersection of disability and violence against women and girls is one that is not spoken about often enough. On November 28th 1:30-4:30pm, AVA will address this with a free seminar, which will be live streamed on AVA’s Instagram @avaproject_ in order to improve access. As part of UN Women’s 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women and girls, AVA are hosting a seminar which will raise awareness of the challenges faced by disabled women and girls suffering from gender based violence.

Forced marriage: mandatory reporting

The Home Office has called for responses to a proposed mandatory reporting duty requiring professionals to report cases of forced marriage. Questions for consideration include: the introduction of a mandatory reporting duty on forced marriage; what types of cases should be reported under a new duty; which age groups should be subject to a mandatory reporting duty; which professionals should the duty apply to and to whom reports should be made. The consultation closes at 11pm on 23 January 2019.

Criminal exploitation

Ofsted has published findings from three joint targeted area inspections which investigated the multi-agency response to child exploitation and children missing from home, care or education in spring 2018. Key findings include: all children are vulnerable to exploitation, regardless of perceived vulnerabilities; agencies should learn from past child sexual exploitation cases; children's needs and safety must be prioritised.

Consent online: resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed a series of resources for 3-18-year-olds focusing on the topic of consent online and how consent is asked for, given and received in different circumstances. The resources, available in English and Welsh, feature four educational packs for children and young people, a pack for parents and carers and a pack to support educators. The resources accompany Safer internet day 2019 which takes place on 5th February 2019.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

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