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Recognising the Signs of Coercion and Control

The police recordd almost 850,000 domestic-abuse related crimes in the year ending March 2021. In this post Yvette Hazelden, Strategic and Development lead at Look Ahead, shares some of the signs of coercion and control to help better the support services can provide to survivors.

Developing a Holistic Response to Victims of Honour-Based Abuse

Between 2020 and 2021, there was an 18% increase in the number of honour-based abuse related crimes reported in England and Wales. In this video, Anup Manota, Operations Manager at Karma Nirvana, discusses what honour-based abuse is. He shares signs for organisations to look out for and strategies to overcome some of the barriers victims face in getting help.

Creating Accessible Services for Disabled Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Disabled women are twice as likely to experience abuse than non-disabled women. In this video, Ruth Bashall, Policy and Projects Advisor, at Stay Safe East shares some of the challenges disabled survivors of domestic abuse face and what changes need to be made to make services more accessible.

Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together

We’re delighted to welcome Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Louisa has worked across women’s specialist services and the homelessness sector in England for the past twelve years, in both frontline and strategic roles.

The Importance of Having a Gendered Approach to Housing First

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and often women experience this alongside homelessness. Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Project Manager at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, shares how the Westminster Violence Against Women and Girls Housing First project are working to deliver tailored support and housing for women.

Domestic Abuse: Improving Police Response to Domestic Abuse

In the year ending March 2021, the police recorded nearly 1.5 million domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes. Roy Wilshire, Lead for Domestic Abuse, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire Services shared the latest findings from the inspection on how police forces have responded to recent cases of violence against women and girls and how the police can improve.

Voluntary Sector Leadership: Digital Innovation and Partnership Working

With cases of domestic abuse rising during the pandemic, charities have been working hard to support victims, and prevent abuse occurring again. Sally Steadman-South from SafeLives and Libby Drew from On Our Radar worked collaboratively to create new projects that respond to the impact of the pandemic, seeking to supporting vulnerable women and girls.

The Role of Housing Associations in Combatting Domestic Abuse

Housing providers have a duty to safeguard at risk adults in their homes. The pandemic challenged how they safeguard people at risk of domestic abuse and trained staff to spot the signs. This case study looks at how Sovereign Housing Association adapted safeguarding services for residents throughout the pandemic.

Providing Safe Homes for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on domestic abuse services with 1 in 6 homeless cases registered between April and June 2021 being survivors of domestic abuse. Housing service providers need to find ways to improve services for survivors and to collaborate with partner organisations to provide the best possible support for survivors.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: A Conversation with Chris Green

The pandemic has caused a sharp increase in violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the UK. We interviewed Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK about the charity’s latest work and his advice on what organisations can do to engage men in tackling VAWG.

Gender-Based Violence: Support for Survivors through Housing and Legal Advice

According to Women’s Aid women experience 35 incidents of domestic violence on average before reporting it to the Police. Ivié Itoje, a Legal Advisor at London’s Black Women’s Project shared the valuable work of the project in helping women out of dangerous circumstances.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults and Domestic Abuse

The statistics around domestic abuse in the UK are shocking and safeguarding services are integral to the protection of victims of abuse. Janine Roderick, Head of Learning Together at the Social Care Institute for Excellence shares the essential safeguarding tools used to protect victims of domestic abuse.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Although most legal restrictions have now been lifted, the impact of Covid-19 is still very significant on safeguarding services. Dr Sheila Fish provides insights into the recovery of safeguarding services during and post Covid-19.

Fulfilling Lives: Supporting People with Multiple Disadvantages

This case study will present the work of Fulfilling Lives Islington and Camden in helping women suffering multiple disadvantages, with a focus on domestic abuse and homelessness.

Understanding The Domestic Abuse Act (2021) in the Context of Covid-19

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse were at even higher risk during the pandemic. In this article we’ll be looking at the Domestic Abuse Act (2021) and it’s impact on adult safeguarding and domestic abuse.

Working Together to Combat Domestic Abuse: The Benefits of Multi-Agency Cooperation

The Multi Agency Tasking and Coordination (MATAC) process works to target perpetrators and stop repeat offences. This case study explores how the process is implemented by Northumbria Police.

Gender-Based Violence: The Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

Following the murder of Sarah Everard tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) is at the forefront of the agenda. This article explores what the Domestic Abuse Bill will include alongside the strategies being developed to tackle VAWG.
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