Domestic violence and abuse legislation announced in Queen's speech

This week the Government's committments to tackle violence and abuse were announced in the Queen's speech. Proposals included an outline of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and measures to end the cross-examination of victims in court. The measures were welcomed by women's organisations including Women's Aid, EVAW and Agenda, who have committed to working to ensure new legislation is effective and that survivor's voices are heard. 

Jobs: Changing Lives

Changing Lives is looking for a part-time Women's Community Hub Coordinator, temporary contract (maternity cover) estimated 9 months, commencing mid-September 2017. 18.5 hours per week, £23,028 pro rata. Based in Newcastle - responsible for covering Sunderland/Gateshead areas and across Northumbria wide as required.

Sex Work and Sexual Exploitation training with Changing Lives

Changing Lives is offering a one-day training course for staff and volunteers from voluntary, statutory and independent agencies within Tyne and Wear whose work may bring them into contact with adult men and women who may be involved in sex work, ‘survival sex’ and/or subject to sexual exploitation. The course is £50 per person. 

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Judicial Review finds benefit cap unlawful

The Judical Review has ruled that the Government’s policy of imposing the benefit cap on lone parents with children under the age of two is unlawful. Women’s Aid have welcomed the ruling, describing it as “an important step towards a welfare system that does not discriminate against families that have fled from domestic abuse and provides them with some financial security.” Women’s Aid urged the Government “not to appeal this case and to ensure that there is a joined up approach to tackling domestic abuse across all Government departments.” 

UK-China Human Rights Dialogue: tackling violence against women

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently organising the next round of the annual UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, which will take place in Beijing on 27-28 June 2017. The Dialogue is a key part of the UK’s efforts to better understand and influence the Chinese approach to a variety of Human Rights issues and Becky Rogerson from My sisters Place in Middlesbrough has been invited to attend an Experts Workshop in parallel to the main plenary session of the Dialogue.

Women's prison population close to 4,000 after rapid twelve-month rise

The number of women in prison in England and Wales is in touching distance of 4,000 for the first time in four-and-a-half years. Ministry of Justice figures released last Friday show the female prison population currently stands at 3,994. The latest edition of Prison: the facts (Bromley briefings summer 2017), published today, shows an increase of 200 women in prison in the past year has pushed the female prison population towards this significant watershed after years of gradual but sustained decline in the numbers of women behind bars.

Violence against Women and Girls, Infrastructure and Cities

Infrastructure & Cities for Economic Development (ICED) has produced a briefing paper: Violence against Women and Girls, Infrastructure and Cities. The paper provides a framework for how to address violence against women and girls (VAWG) through programming and policy dialogue on infrastructure and cities. It aims to support Department for International Development (DFID) advisors and programme managers to integrate VAWG as an important consideration of all urban and infrastructure programming and policy dialogue. 

Helping parents to safeguard their children from sexual exploitation

The University of Bedfordshire’s International Centre and Parents against child sexual exploitation (Pace) have published an evaluation of the Parents as partners in safeguarding children and young people in Lancashire project, which was delivered from June 2014 - May 2017. This centred around the work of a Parent Liaison Officer (PLO), who provided flexible, one-to-one support to parents and families whose child was at risk, or a victim, of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

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