Ending violence against women and girls

Jobs: Ashiana

Ashiana is recruiting a Female Outreach Worker - Anti Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (£18,500-£21,000, full time, permanent contract). Ashiana works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women, children and young people to escape violence and abuse and specialise in those areas of abuse which are most prevalent within BAMER communities such as domestic and sexual abuse, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, gang violence and ‘honour’-based violence.

Police 'not equipped' to enforce new domestic abuse laws

Latest official figures show that only eight out of 43 police forces across England and Wales have rolled out a new national training programme and this lack of training is reflected in the low number of prosecutions involving the new offences. A recent freedom of information request by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism revealed that just 532 charges have been brought under the new laws in the 29 police force areas that responded to the request. Six police forces have brought five charges or fewer since the new offences were brought into force on 29 December 2015.

Fundraising appeal: Build safe spaces for women and girls in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland are moving premises and need to raise £6,500 to go towards creating up to four soundproofed safe spaces for face to face sessions with women and girls who have been sexually assaulted. For more information about the campaign or to make a donation visit Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland's JustGiving page. 

Evaluation of support for agencies delivering a domestic abuse service

The NSPCC has published an evaluation of how it supports other agencies to deliver its Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) service for children and mothers who experienced domestic abuse. Findings include: professionals were enthusiastic about DART and said they felt confident about delivering the programme after training. Barriers to running the DART programme included problems with funding, staffing, transport, venues and issues with taking children out of school.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert 

Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: Creating an evidence‑based resource for police and legal practitioners

Reports of sexual offences crimes have increased over the last six years (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2016). Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about these crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common (Cossins, 2013). This is understandable, because sexual offending is a profoundly hidden crime.

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