Ending violence against women and girls

Latest crime figures show 14% increase in sexual offences reported to police

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest data on crime in England and Wales, which cover the year ending September 2018. The figures confirm that sexual offences reported to the police are still on the increase, continuing a trend that has lasted over four years. The statistics reveal reported rapes increased by 16% over the year, and sexual assaults by 13%. This amounts to an overall 14% increase in police-recorded sexual offences. Source: Rape Crisis England and Wales.

The economic and social costs of domestic abuse

The Home Office has published a report into the economic and social cost of domestic abuse, which reveals the crime cost England and Wales £66 billion in 2016 to 2017. According to the research, the vast majority of this cost (£47 billion) was a result of the physical and emotional harm of domestic abuse, however it also includes other factors such as cost to health services (£2.3 billion), police (£1.3 billion) and victim services (£724 million).

Women’s Aid previews early findings from domestic abuse report at public policy conference

Women’s Aid has previewed early findings from its forthcoming ‘Domestic Abuse Audit 2018’ at its inaugural public policy conference. New statistics reveal that domestic abuse services are seeing a rise in the number of referrals to their services as well as survivors and children coming to them with increased support needs. Yet due to continued funding difficulties, services are struggling to meet demand.

Claiming Criminal Injuries Compensation retriggers trauma

Victims’ Commissioner calls for wholesale reform of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme so that victims who apply are not frustrated or alienated by the process. In her new review, Baroness Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner (VC) for England & Wales notes that many victims claiming criminal injuries compensation find the process so stressful that it can retrigger their original trauma. This is a result of being required to constantly repeat their story, as well as delays, uncertainty and poor communication.

Inspectors find probation services failing to keep women safe

Not enough is being done to protect the public in England and Wales from sex offenders, inspectors for the prison and probation services have found (BBC News, 24th Januray 2019).  The warnings are in a new report, following the first inspection to focus on sex offenders in nine years. In response, the End Violence Against Women Coalition have issued a statement repeating their call for an end to end review of the entire criminal justice system response to sexual violence. 

 

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse awareness campaign

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has launched an awareness campaign to ensure victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in England and Wales have the opportunity to be heard at the Truth Project. The campaign, which includes a TV advertisement and social media activity, will run from 14 January until the end of February 2019. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

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