A woman with no resources is a woman who can’t leave: why Universal Credit is a feminist issue

As the debate around the systemic problems with Universal Credit continues, this week the New Statesman published an article by Sarah Ditum on the impact of the new welfare system on women fleeing domestic abuse. Ditum suggests that Universal Credit colludes with abusers, limiting options for survivors and increasing vulnerability to financial abuse: “By putting control of the household income in the hands of one individual and imposing lengthy assessment periods on people in crisis conditions, Universal Credit is giving support to abusers, and removing o

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A step-change in tackling sexual violence

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) and Chair of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Group at Durham University, writes a Universities UK blog post on a step-change in the higher education sector, and Durham's part in it. “The Universities UK guidelines on tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students, which were published last year, have served as a catalyst for universities to think carefully about how they can make their institutions safer places to live, work and study.”

New app developed for victims of stalking, harassment and domestic abuse

Cleveland Police are promoting a potentially life-saving app, which has been developed to help victims of domestic abuse, stalking or harassment. The Hollie Guard app was developed by the parents of hairdresser Hollie Gazzard, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in February 2014. The app works by sending a distress signal to a named emergency contact when the phone is shaken or tapped. It also includes GPS tracking and a recording feature to capture photos and videos which can be used in future prosecutions.

Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court

The government is facing a high court challenge to its two-child limit on benefit claims, the basis for the hugely controversial “rape clause” policy, the Guardian reported this week. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said it had been granted permission to seek a judicial review of the limit, which stops child tax credits or universal credits being paid for more than two children in most cases. CPAG, which issued the high court claim against the pensions secretary, David Gauke, in August, argues that the limit is discriminatory and breaches the right to a

Domestic violence victims still waiting for legal aid reform, says Labour

This week, the Guardian reported that Labour has said thousands of victims of domestic violence are still being denied access to justice eight months after the government promised to make it easier for them to obtain legal aid. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said in February that it would scrap a requirement for victims of domestic violence to produce evidence that they have been abused within the last five years. It also promised to widen the pool of officials who could provide the evidence from doctors, courts, police and social services to other sources

Helping mothers and children to recover together from domestic abuse

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series features a blog by the NSPCC’s Development and Impact Manager Diane Hunter, and Placement Student & Evaluation Officer Isabella Stokes, outlining the NSPCC’s Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) service which aims to help children aged 7 to 14 recover from the immediate and long-term effects of exposure to domestic abuse.

Crown Prosecution Service 10th Annual Report on violence against women and girls offences

This week, the Crown Prosecution Service published the 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report. The CPS states that the report “outlines the huge increases in convictions for rape (48%) and other sexual offences (79%) that have been witnessed in the decade since the first VAWG report was published in 2007-08. It also shows large annual increases in prosecutions and convictions over the last year for rape (11.8% and 11.2%, respectively) and other sexual offences (12.5% and 14.7%).

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland appeal: Build a safe space for women and girls in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, a Newcastle based charity providing support to women and girls who have experienced sexual violence are desperately seeking city centre new premises for the second time in four years. The charity supported over 700 women last year through face to face counselling, non-therapeutic support and through an email and telephone helpline managed entirely by specially trained volunteers. Now, the charity is searching for a new city centre base having been given notice by their landlords and are hoping to raise £6,500 to in

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