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Stand Up Against Harassment, Bystander Training

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust have partnered with L’Oréal Paris to provide expert approved 'Stand Up Against Street Harassment' training programme by Right To Be. More information, including how to book, can be found here.

Sessions are one hour long and free to attend, it aims to upskill and empower individuals across various settings to help defuse situations, discourage harassers and support victims.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

The Home Office are currently seeking views on the updated draft of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme Guidance, often referred to as “Clare’s Law”.

The consultation is aimed at:

  • criminal justice services, including courts, prisons, police forces, police and crime commissioners
  • English and Welsh local authorities
  • services for forms of violence against women and girls including any specialist domestic abuse services (this will include services serving men and boys)
  • local housing and homelessness teams, registered social landlords
  • early years, childcare, schools, colleges and higher education settings
  • healthcare sector
  • clinical Commissioning Groups (from 2022, Integrated Care Systems)
  • adult social care and children’s social care providers
  • employers and jobcentres
  • HM Prison and Probation services
  • HM Courts and Tribunals Service
  • community and faith groups
  • any other interested stakeholders, including victims and users of support and prevention services

Please go to Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for more information, to find the draft documents (including in accessible, easy read and BSL formats) and to respond to the consultation.

Government Publications

This week, the Government published several Policy Papers and Guidance documents around domestic abuse and related matters.

These include:

The Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan sets out the government’s approach to tackling domestic abuse, they hope to drive down the prevalence of domestic abuse and domestic homicide and provide victims/survivors with the support they need. It also delivers on the government’s statutory duty to deliver a strategy for the prosecution and management of domestic abuse perpetrators.

The Violence Against Women and Girls National Statement of Expectations outlines how local authorities can commission effective services for crimes which disproportionately affect women and girls. The Toolkit element provides practical guidance on this.

Supporting Male Victims of Crimes Considered Violence Against Women and Girls replaces the Male Victims Position Statement published in 2019. It sits alongside the previously mentioned publications and reiterates the government’s commitment to ensuring male victims of crimes which disproportionately affect women and girls are supported.

The Right to Choose: Government Guidance on Forced Marriage has also been published this week and provides guidance on forced marriage. It includes statutory guidance for heads of safeguarding organisations, and non-statutory guidance for front-line professionals.

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse

16 Days of Action against Gender-based Violence (GBV) is an international campaign to challenge violence and abuse, especially against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day. Every year community and voluntary groups across Bedfordshire join the global campaign to raise awareness of, and help bring an end to, all forms of gender violence.

Domestic abuse: how to get help

The Government get help webpage has been updated to include translations into a wider variety of different languages including: Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu and Welsh.

Domestic abuse resources for young people

Central Bedfordshire Council have produced some helpful resources for young people around recognising the signs of unhealthy relationships and information around appropriate safety planning

Childline’s new tool helps young people remove nude images shared online

The NSPCC’s service for children and young people, Childline, has launched the Report Remove tool with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people remove nude images of themselves from the internet.

Domestic Abuse Act

Mel B and Sam Mackay star in Fabio D'Andrea's short film music video 'Love Should Not Hurt'

This video is made in support of Women's Aid.

Domestic Abuse Act

On 29th April 2021, the Domestic Abuse Bill was signed in to law. The Act aims to provide further protections to the millions of people who experience domestic abuse, as well as strengthen the measures to disrupt perpetrators.

Relationships Shouldn't Hurt Podcast

Click here to listen to the Domestic Abuse podcasts that we are creating to build a library of information about all things domestic abuse. Follow us and subscribe to the podcasts or find us on Spotify by searching for Relationships Shouldn't Hurt.

'Honour' - ITV's drama about the murder of Banaz Mahmoud

This drama based on the police investigation tells the events leading up to the murder, by members of her family of 20 year old Banaz. Please be advised that the programme contains graphic descriptions of the experiences of Banaz.

EastEnders - Chantelle Atkins

The domestic abuse storyline culminates in the death of Chantelle by her husband Gray in the episode broadcast on 18th September. Please be aware that this episode could be triggering for many so please take care of yourselves

Panorama - Escaping my Abuser

Home is not always a safe place. Panorama investigates what the 'Stay at Home' pandemic rule meant for those trapped with an abusive partner. Please be aware this film contains descriptions that are distressing.

Victoria Cilliers story

Victoria survived against the odds after her husband tried to kill her by tampering with her parachute before she took a 4000 foot jump. Hear her story on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour

SafeLives Survey

The survey found that two thirds of those experiencing domestic abuse afraid to seek help during lockdown

Domestic Abuse Podcasts - Undiscussable

Listen to the weekly podcasts that have also been included on Talk Radio to raise awareness of how domestic abuse impacts all areas of society.

BBC News

Coronavirus: Domestic Abuse short film in which survivors talk about their experiences in lockdown

Home Office Domestic Abuse Campaign translated materials

Click on the button to download materials in different languages to raise awareness of domestic abuse

The Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill has had a second reading in Parliament

Domestic Abuse, Domestic Homicide & Lockdown

Read Laura Richards article about the patterns of behaviour that we cannot ignore.

Short Films

Surfaces

A film commissioned by Refuge depicting a brutal portrayal of domestic abuse and hope now that the survivor has left.

Promise

This film accompanied by a rap soundtrack describes how Sarah becomes the tragic victim of fatal domestic abuse carries out by the man she loves.

One Year

In 5 minutes watch what it is like to go through a domestic abuse case

Older articles

Emotional Abuse

Read one woman's experience "My fiance seemed perfect-but he wanted to control me."

Forced Marriage Protection Orders

Find out how Forced Marriage Protection Orders can protect you.

Level Up's Guidelines

UK press regulators support Level Up’s new guidelines on how domestic abuse deaths are reported.