Ending violence against women and girls

Fawcett Society launch Sex Discrimination Law Review

A ground-breaking report released this week by the Fawcett Society concludes that our legal system is failing women and needs fundamental reform. The report, which is the conclusion of the Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review (SDLR) Panel, also found that violence against women and girls is ‘endemic’ in the UK. The report, which is the first of its kind, calls for a number of specific changes to the legal system.

Rape Crisis: response to DPP Alison Saunders

On 22nd January 2018, the Evening Standard carried an interview with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Alison Saunders, under the headline, 'Say no or 'rapists' may walk free: new warning from Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders after trials collapse.' In response, Rape Crisis England & Wales said: "The law is clear that someone consents to sexual activity when they agree by choice and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

Joint inspections of child sexual exploitation and missing children

Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation have updated inspection guidance on the multi-agency response to child sexual exploitation and missing children. The guidance points out that a further sample of inspections on this theme is planned for 2018, which aims to identify whether agencies have made further progress since the Joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) in 2016.

A Voice for the Voiceless

The Victims’ Commissioner has published a review into the provision of Registered Intermediaries (RIs) for children and vulnerable victims and witnesses in England and Wales. Findings include: not all vulnerable victims and witnesses who are entitled and would benefit from a RI are receiving their assistance to give evidence.

Call for Papers: North East Crime Research Network

The North East Crime Research Network is a network of academics and practitioners in the fields of criminology, criminal law, and related disciplines. The next conference will be hosted at York St. John University in 2018. The conference is open to all academics including postgraduate and early career researchers; whether you are based in the North East, or if you are further afield and would like to come and visit us in the wonderful city of York to share your research/best practice and further develop your networks in the region.

Women’s mental health needs underestimated - new agenda survey

Nine out of 10 people do not realise women are more likely to have poor mental health than men, a new survey has shown. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is also more likely to be seen as a male condition than female, according to the poll from Agenda and Opinium. Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, is raising awareness about mental health as part of its Women in Mind campaign. 

Young Women's Film Academy Festival of Film - inviting submissions

Film submissions are invited from female film makers in the North East who would like to screen their films in a supportive environment, curated by the Young Women's Film Academy who are a group of girls and young women aged 12-25 years.

Films of any genre, up to 15 minutes in length that have been made by and for women in the North East, suitable for an audience aged 12+ should be submitted by email to the following email address: youngwomensfilmacademy@gmail.com 


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