“Home isn’t always a place of safety”: The Femicide Census Report 2016 is published

The latest Femicide Census report has been published, revealing that 113 women were killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016. Nine in ten women killed during 2016 were killed by someone they knew, 78 women were killed by their current or former intimate partner and 65 of which were killed at their own home or the home they shared with the perpetrator, data from the latest Femicide Census report can reveal.

Jobs: My Sister' Place

My Sister’s Place, Middlesborough, is looking to recruit the following positions: Independent Domestic Violence Advisor:  JNC Scale 6 Starting salary- £23,398 and Support worker JNC Scale 4-5 Starting salary -  £19,430. 

Funding: Rosa's Woman to Woman fund

The third round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund is now open. With grants of up to £25,000, local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ In celebration of the centenary of the women’s vote, this round of the Woman to Woman fund will have a renewed focus on leadership and representation and we are particularly interested in funding work that increases women’s representation, skills building and civic engagement.

Coordinating the Strategic Intervention for VAWG - Accredited Training

Standing Together and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will be launching a new accredited (OCN London) training course (level 4) for VAWG Coordinators/Strategic Leads, Policy Officers and Commissioners with a responsibility for VAWG. The course will aim to increase the skills and expertise of professionals working at a strategic level in DVA/VAWG coordination.

Call for evidence: National commission into women facing domestic and/or sexual violence and multiple disadvantage

AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, have established a new National Commission to take evidence on the issues experienced by women who have faced domestic and/or sexual violence and who have also faced multiple disadvantage (particularly problematic substance use and mental ill health). They are seeking evidence from organisations who support women facing domestic and/or sexual violence and multiple disadvantage.

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

The Department for Education has published guidance for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges. It provides advice on what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk of it occurring and what to do when incidents occur, or are alleged to have occurred. 

'Your Choice': 'honour'-based violence, forced marriage and domestic abuse report

This week, SafeLives released ‘Your Choice’, which discusses domestic abuse within the context of so called ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriage. It is part of SafeLives Spotlight series, which focuses on ‘hidden’ groups of domestic abuse victims and survivors or those with unmet needs, and proposes recommendations for both practitioners and policy makers. 

International day to end violence against sex workers: a call for action

In a new blog post, Laura Seebohm - Operational Director at Changing Lives, leading Women’s Services, Criminal Justice, Health and Employment - looks at Changing Lives’ findings over the past decade and reflects on what still needs to be done to safeguard women with experience of sex work.In a new blog post, Laura Seebohm - Operational Director at Changing Lives, leading Women’s Services, Criminal Justice, Health and Employment - looks at Changing Lives’ findings over the past decade and reflects on what still needs to be done to safeguard women with expe

MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence

This week, The Guardian reported that time limits preventing victims of domestic violence from obtaining legal aid for court hearings will be scrapped from January, the Ministry of Justice has announced. The heavily criticised restrictions, which have resulted in large numbers of women confronting abusive ex-partners without representation, will also be relaxed to accept evidence from victim support organisations.

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