Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: Creating an evidence‑based resource for police and legal practitioners

Reports of sexual offences crimes have increased over the last six years (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2016). Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about these crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common (Cossins, 2013). This is understandable, because sexual offending is a profoundly hidden crime.


Widespread doubt and disbelief of women and non-binary survivors who disclose, speak out and demand accountability for the violence they have experienced within social justice movements in the UK Left reveals a painful impasse and persistent barrier in movement building. Systemic failures of criminal justice responses to rape, sexual assault and domestic violence coupled with State violence and regulation of social justice movements and marginalised groups has led to consideration of community alternatives to help transform activist communities into cultures of safety and accountability.

Peace of Mind: an evaluation of the Refuge Access for All project

This report evaluates the work of the “Refuge Access for All” project, carried out by Solace Women’s Aid in conjunction with five North London Boroughs, with consultancy and evaluation support from AVA (Against Violence and Abuse). At the heart of the project was the creation of a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) across Solace Refuges, to establish how effectively a concept developed in the homeless sector in the UK could be applied to the domestic violence sector. This included play therapy to ensure that the needs of children and young people in refuges were also addressed. 

An Untold Story: experiences of life and street prostitution in Hull

In 2013, the independent charity Hull Lighthouse Project which has now been outreaching to vulnerable women in Hull for over twenty years, was commissioned by one of its major funders, the Lankelly Chase Foundation to conduct a piece of qualitative research which investigated the narratives of women who had experienced street prostitution, with particular reference to their routes into this. Due to the funders open outlook and egalitarian approach we were able to let the project develop organically – leading to the participants of the project becoming its co-creators.

Violence Against Women and Girls report: 10th edition

The Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) report for 2016–17 is the tenth edition published by the CPS. It is an analysis of the key prosecution issues in each VAWG strand – domestic abuse (DA), stalking, harassment, rape, sexual offences, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence, female genital mutilation, child abuse, human trafficking for sexual exploitation, prostitution and pornography. 

What happened when we showed a film about ‘lover boy’ sex trafficking to a group of teenagers

“How does it feel to be trafficked for sex? Dehumanised, broken and invisible: that’s what people who’ve been through it have told me...The Crossing tells the story of a trafficked girl told from a first person point of view, a fictionalised account based on a composite of girls’ experiences drawn from case study research for the project. It has been adapted to be displayed on multiple types of platform, from a single screen to a film with surround sound, and an interactive version.”

Resettlement experiences of street sex-working women on release from prison

This Griffins Society research explores the lived experiences of resettlement for street sex-working women alongside the views of professionals from community-based projects that have supported this group in their transitions from custody to the community. The study considers the challenges facing women on the day they leave prison and also the wider resettlement process: what preparation and planning takes place prior to release and the experiences and difficulties encountered by women once they have returned to life in the community.

Good practice briefing: Psychologically Informed Environments

This practice briefing was produced by AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) on behalf of the Ascent London VAWG Consortium. It aims to inform organisations supporting those affected by domestic and sexual violence about how to create Psychologically Informed Environments. AVA is a leading UK charity aimed at ending gender based violence and abuse. A psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) “… is one that takes into account the psychological makeup - the thinking, emotions, personalities and past experience- of its participants in the way it operates“.


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