Ending violence against women and girls

Rape victims dropping allegations over fears defence lawyers will use mobile phone data against them – Centre for Women’s Justice

Rape victims are dropping allegations over fears defence lawyers will use personal information on their phones against them, the solictor who took on John Worboys has warned. Harriet Wistrich, who successfully represented two rape victims in a landmark judicial review of the Parole Board’s decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys, told The Telegraph that in some areas police are demanding “almost unlimited” access to the mobile phones of victims and other data before pressing ahead with cases. Read more: Centre fro Women’s Justice

Jobs: Durham University

Durham Law School is recruiting a fixed-term (6 months) 0.4fte (2 days per week) research assistant (Grade 6 £26,243 pro rata) to work on a British Academy funded project examining Sexual Violence at UK Music Festivals, led by Dr Hannah Bows (PI - Durham Law School), Professor Fiona Measham (Department of Sociology) and Professor Nicole Westmarland (Department of Sociology). An RA is required support data collection at a number of festivals between May-August 2019.

Jobs: Changing Lives

Changing Lives is recruiting for an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA): £20,049 – £22,949 per annum, 37 hours per week fixed term until 31st May 2020. The ISVA post is based within the Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS). The successful candidate will play an important role in providing specialist tailored support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.  The ISVA works with people who have experienced rape and sexual assault, irrespective of whether they have reported to the police.

Crime commissioner welcomes new law on upskirting

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has welcomed moves to make upskirting a crime (Northumberland Gazette, January 28th 2019). New legislation was backed by the House of Lords last week which will see upskirting become a criminal offence, with a two-year prison sentence. Speaking after the bill was approved, Dame Vera said: “There is no doubt that the lack of an upskirting offence has caused inconsistent approaches by police and prosecutors, as well as leaving victims unsure of their rights.

Research into child sexual abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) has published findings from a survey to map current and ongoing research into child sexual abuse in England and Wales. Findings from a questionnaire completed by 58 professionals involved in the commissioning, funding or delivery of research related to child sexual abuse found that: details of 163 projects were submitted; the most popular focus of studies was interventions, the majority of which looked at service responses for victims; online grooming and child sexual abuse imagery were key theme

Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence indicators: consultation

The Welsh Government is consulting on draft proposals for a set of national indicators to measure progress against the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015. Objectives to be achieved by November 2021 include an increased awareness in children and young people of the importance of safe, equal and healthy relationships, and that abusive behaviour is always wrong. The consultation closes on 29 March 2019.

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