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“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.

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.

Criminal injuries compensation for victims of child abuse

The House of Commons Library has published a research briefing explaining the background to the Criminal injuries compensation scheme to compensate people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the blameless victim of violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales. The briefing looks at issues concerning the scheme which can affect victims of child abuse including: reducing or withholding awards because of victims’ criminal convictions, and consent to sexual activity.

 

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Responding to female genital mutilation (FGM): multi-agency guidance - Scotland

The Scottish Government has published guidance providing a framework within which agencies and practitioners can develop and agree processes for working collaboratively and individually to promote the safety and wellbeing of women and girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). The guidance aims to help with: identifying whether a girl or young woman may be at risk of FGM; identifying whether a girl or woman has undergone FGM; protecting those at risk and responding appropriately to those already affected; and working to prevent and end FGM.

Let’s fix the DVA-shaped hole in the training for medics once and for all

Medina Johnson is the Chief Executive of IRISi, and Gene Feder is a Professor of Primary Care at Bristol University Medical School. They provided a guest blog for SafeLives as part of their 16 Days campaign around the Health response to domestic abuse: Let’s fix the DVA-shaped hole in the training for medics once and for all.

Refuges send out SOS in response to government’s proposed supported housing funding plans

Over half of refuges could be forced to close their doors or reduce life-saving services if government goes ahead with plans for supported housing funding. The lives of thousands of women and children could be put at risk if the government’s proposed plans for supported housing funding go ahead, a survey has found. In response to an emergency Women’s Aid survey of refuge services in England, carried out following the announcement of the government’s plans to change the way they fund short-term supported housing, 39% of refuge services who responded said they would have to close their doors

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