Ending violence against women and girls

Girls are more than twice as likely as boys to experience ‘emotional problems'

Following the publication of a new report about mental health problems in young people aged 11 to 14, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda and co-chair of the Department of Health’s Women’s Mental Health Taskforce says: “New research showing that one in four girls say they experience emotional problems is yet more evidence of a growing mental health crisis among girls and young women. Although the drivers of mental ill health are complicated, we can’t ignore the fact that poor mental health among women and girls is often closely linked to violence an

Women's Aid petition

In October 2017 the Government launched plans for the future of refuge funding in 2020 which Women’s Aid are warning will dismantle the national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk. Women’s Aid are issuing an urgent SOS call to Government to rethink these proposals and save refuges, save lives. Find out more about the campaign on the Women’s Aid website, and sign the petition here

EVAW on John Worboys release

Following the news that John Worboys, thought to be one of the UK's most prolific rapists, is to be freed from jail, the End Violence Against Women Coalition has said: "The decision to release John Worboys beggars belief. It is likely to be the product of a justice system and a society that cannot and perhaps will not deal with rape. Even though the police – who failed horrifically in bringing him to justice – said there are probably more than 100 women victims of John Worboys, he is to be released.

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. 

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