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CPS prosecuting and convicting more cases of rape, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse than ever before

The Crown Prosecution Service is prosecuting and convicting a record number of rape, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse cases, a report published today shows. The CPS’s annual Violence against Women and Girls report shows that rape, domestic abuse and sexual offences now account for 18.6 per cent of the CPS’s total caseload and … Continue reading “CPS prosecuting and convicting more cases of rape, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse than ever before”

Prime Minister’s Commitment to Exempting Refuges from Housing Benefit Cap

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to exempting refuges from changes to the housing benefit cap. It is great news, and we do not doubt her commitment to tackling domestic abuse. We hope as that, as this crisis abates, the Government will find a long-term sustainable funding … Continue reading “Prime Minister’s Commitment to Exempting Refuges from Housing Benefit Cap”

As the ‘Archers Trial Week’ begins, refuges in England and Wales are in crisis

67% of refuges in England and 69% in Wales are facing closure due to welfare reforms ● This comes after £33 million of government investment in refuges ● Julie Walters, Patron of Women’s Aid England, urges the Government to exempt refuges from welfare reforms “or live with the consequences” As Helen’s trial begins in The … Continue reading “As the ‘Archers Trial Week’ begins, refuges in England and Wales are in crisis”

Independent Choices Recovery Toolkit Volunteers We are recruiting women who have been affected by domestic abuse from the Manchester area who may also be interested in volunteering at the helpline. The Recovery Toolkit is based on a psycho educational model which aims to provide women who have experienced domestic abuse with the resources to maximise … Continue reading “”

#BreakTheSilence – Rape Crisis launches a series of short films to help explain the criminal justice system for young rape survivors

BAFTA winning actress Georgina Campbell is helping Rape Crisis launch #BreakTheSilence  Rape Crisis England & Wales member Centre, Rape Crisis South London has launched #BreakTheSilence, a campaign aimed at helping explain and demystify the criminal justice system for teenage girls who have experienced rape, and empower them to speak out. In the last 12 months, Rape Crisis Independent … Continue reading “#BreakTheSilence – Rape Crisis launches a series of short films to help explain the criminal justice system for young rape survivors”

Independent Choices is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of a New Patron

Melanie Bryan OBE DL. Honoured with an OBE for her services to Social Enterprise and Women’s Enterprise in the North West, Melanie is a multi-award winning entrepreneur. Her most recent awards, include National Enterprise Support Champion and being named as one of the Maserati 100 alongside household names. Despite experience of a huge range of companies and … Continue reading “Independent Choices is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of a New Patron”

Wigan Domestic Abuse Champions – work place or community based

In January 2016 Wigan Council  released a new Policy for Domestic Violence & Abuse; the policy is aimed at providing information to help managers to support employees if they disclose domestic abuse. Following on from that the Domestic Abuse Early Help programme manager – Joyce Swift is looking to recruit volunteers who will be trained up … Continue reading “Wigan Domestic Abuse Champions – work place or community based”

Ministry of Justice Survey LEGAL AID FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN PRIVATE FAMILY LAW CASES

“The Government recently amended, and announced a review of, the evidence requirements for victims of domestic abuse seeking legal aid in private family cases. The Ministry of Justice has now started work with the Law Society, the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Resolution and Rights of Women to gather more information about the existing arrangements and how … Continue reading “Ministry of Justice Survey LEGAL AID FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN PRIVATE FAMILY LAW CASES”

Cross-Party Group calls for end to cross-examination of survivors of domestic abuse by their abusers in the family courts

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence today launches its report highlighting the urgent need for an end to cross-examination of survivors of domestic abuse by their abuser in the family court. The report is the result of a Parliamentary Hearing in January about the treatment of cases involving domestic abuse in the family … Continue reading “Cross-Party Group calls for end to cross-examination of survivors of domestic abuse by their abusers in the family courts”