News from RtR

The London Marathon - news from the finishing line


Running for Reducing the Risk, Richard successfully completed the London Marathon in 4 hours and 46 minutes – just a little slower than the elite runners! - but inside his target time of 5 hours. He was apprehensive at first but was boosted by the festive atmosphere, London crowds and cheering friends and family and all your support.

Stalking awareness week 24th- 28th April 2017

We're promoting the Suzy Lamplugh Trust who are campaigning for Stalking Awareness Week - here is what they have to say:

Suzy Lamplugh Trust believes that everyone has the right to live life free from the harassment of stalkers. 

Vacanies- OSARCC

Empowerment Worker (2 posts)

- £21,000 - £26,000 per annum depending on experience (pro rata) 

- 18.5 hours per week, based in Oxford (with possibility of increase) Fixed term contract for 1 year with possibility of extension 

Survivor criticises US court's leniency


Here is one very interesting US Court case: Apple executive Neha Rastogi alleged that she suffered 10 years of abuse at the hands of her husband, Abhishek Gattani, CEO of a US startup.

The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office had let him plead no contest to offensive touching and felony accessory after the fact and therefore agreed to a deal in which he would serve less than two full weeks in jail.

New Police & Crime Plan- Thames Valley

What is the Police and Crime Plan?

The Police and Crime Plan is created and published by the Police and Crime Commissioner and outlines his priorities for the area and how he will work with partners to achieve them.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has produced a Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley which covers April 2017 - March 2021.

Update from our runner

Richard’s blog

It is only a week to the marathon. I have enjoyed the preparation - mainly running in the early morning beside the Thames combined with long Sunday runs. I now have my instructions for registering and collecting my running number – and it all feels very close.

Behind Closed doors documentary- BAFTA nominated


The 2016 documentary in which two of our IDVA clients shared their suffering and journey after escaping their abusers has landed a Bafta nomination in the Single Documentary classification. 

Closing date for vacancy with Reducing the Risk

Today was the closing date for applications for Reducing the Risk's exciting new post of Lead for Partnership and Champion Development. Due to Easter we are now extending till tomorrow, 19th April 9.00am.

Please return applications at the latest by 9.00am tomorrow morning.

If you are only just aware of the opportunity it is still possible to CLICK HERE and read more about the post and download an application pack, on this link.  

Requesting Testimonials from DA Champs

As with any charity, we are often asked for evidence of the usefulness of networks of Domestic Abuse Champions. We frequently hear stories of something working well, Champs running our quiz with their teams or beginning an initiative in the workplace, but we need to begin to record the advantages of DA Champions properly.

PCC wants feedback from practitioners

The Thames Valley Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned the services of Perpetuity to carry ou

Super Network Meeting for our Champions

On Tuesday 30th May, 2017, we're holding yet another Super Network or, if you prefer, a Network of Networks. This is open to ALL our DA Champs, wherever they are based. 

The venue is Council Offices, Market St, Newbury RG14 5LD. The topic for this meeting will be The Anchor Programme (TAP) and its outcomes so far.

Protective result for future victims

With all the sad talk of cuts in services and victims not supporting the criminal justice process, there was one golden response this week from London. This came from our Leading Champ in Bucks - thanks Faye.

stats reveal more victims not supporting criminal justice

A recent study by law firm Simpson Millar with Freedom of Information statistics has revealed that more than 30% of domestic abuse victims are not supporting police investigations. More than 160,000 victims of domestic violence in England withdrew their support for charges against their abusers in 2016, a number that rocketed by almost 40 per cent compared with the previous 12 months, exclusive figures reveal.

Vacancy- DA Coordinator- Torbay

Anyone fancy a challenge and live in sunny Torquay? Here is a vacancy that came through our DA Champ network for anyone considering a move to the English Riviera:

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Co-ordinator

Job Type Admin/Clerical/Finance
Employment Contract Full Time - Permanent
Salary £36937/Year - £39660/Year 37 hours PW
Closing date 17/04/2017 5pm

Books Beyond Words - a DA resource

Beyond Words: empowering people through picturesThis is one for those of us working with people with communication problems or learning disabilities who may have issues that need exploring.

This week I attended a presentation at Oxfordshire County Hall (thanks Abi) and heard more from this organisation. I thought, under the circumstances, we should all know of this valuable resource -- we posted about it just over a year ago on Facebook but understand that not all of you have Facebook accounts and follow our every word there.

Beyond Words is a provider of books, services and training for people who find pictures easier to understand than words. Whether supporting somebody with a learning disability or communication difficulty, these products and services empower through pictures.

Consultation on new guidelines for sentencing in DA cases

Sentencing CouncilThis week saw a lot of coverage of a case in which a judge decided on a lesser sentence because the female victim was highly educated and had a good support network. Whilst this rightly received public critical outcry, changes to sentencing guidance don't seem to get such coverage when they happen.

With that in mind, the good news is that the Sentencing Council has just published proposed guidelines on sentencing for domestic abuse and for intimidatory offences (which often occur within a domestic abuse context) and is embarking on a three-month consultation period in which it is seeking views from the public on aspects such as factors that should influence the seriousness of offences and the sentences that should be passed. The previous sentencing guidelines on domestic abuse (then termed "domestic violence") are over a decade old, and some of the newer intimidatory offences have no current sentencing guidelines at all. We urge anyone with an interest in domestic abuse cases to read the guidelines and consider submitting a response to the consultation.

Four new training events with AVA

AVA Against Violence & AbuseAVA have just released the following four training events which we like to let our DA Champs know about.

All these events take place in London and there are costs involved so please link to their website for more details.

Perspectives on adolescent to parent violence - April 12, 2017

An interactive, practical day on Adolescent to Parent Violence (APV), designed to raise awareness of the topic and provide participants with an opportunity to explore the dynamics of the issue as a profile of domestic abuse. Information will be provided on definitions, background theories, prevalence, risk factors, case studies and behaviour patterns. Consideration will be given of the problems of engaging with families around this issue and an overview of current service provision (models of work) will be provided.

New study on out of court resolutions

Oxford AcademicThanks to Jim Boden, our Chief DA Champion in West Berks, for pointing out a useful article on domestic abuse research in the British Journal of Criminology: Under the Radar: The Widespread use of ‘Out of Court Resolutions’ in Policing Domestic Violence and Abuse in the United Kingdom (follow link to read full article on Oxford Academic website)

Abstract: The suitability of ‘out of court resolutions’ (restorative justice and community resolutions) in cases of domestic abuse is theoretically contentious and empirically under-researched. This study investigated the nature and extent of out of court resolutions for domestic abuse using the Freedom of Information Act. Out of court resolutions were used by every UK police force except Scotland to respond to over 5,000 domestic abuse incidents (including intimate partner abuse) in 2014. Some of these incidents related to offences with sentencing tariffs up to life imprisonment. Such widespread use has been taking place ‘under the radar’ in stark contrast to police guidance, has immediate implications for policy and practice, and fundamentally shifts the research terrain in this field.

New resource for young people

Safe! Support for Young People Affected by CrimeChloe at SAFE! has written to tell us about a great resource for those working with younger people: the new website www.safestories.org.

Safe Stories was created to highlight some of the issues being faced by teenagers as a result of mobile and internet technologies.  These are problems which young people tell SAFE! about every day. The characters' stories are based on real experiences and real situations and are designed to encourage a ‘one step removed’ approach to talking about an issue and an indirect approach to problem solving. 

Vacancies with OSARCC

Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis CentreTwo vacancies with our close friends at OSARCC:

Counselling Coordinator (30 hours/week)

The post holder will coordinate counselling provision to women in Oxfordshire who have experienced rape, sexual abuse, or other forms of sexual violence; as well as recruit, train and support sessional and volunteer counsellors. The post can be flexible for the right candidate, including possible additional responsibilities for acting as the lead for all centre intakes and assessment; and/or holding a small case load of their own.

Support Group Coordinator (15 hours/week)

The post holder will undertake the provision of OSARCC's current support group service, as well as undertaking an evaluation of our service to date, developing a robust plan for expansion of the service to meet demand. 

Vacancy - New Champion Development post

Reducing the Risk has a two-year grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation Transform Fund (which supports local charities which have potential to make a significant difference on a larger scale) to support a new post: ‘Lead for Partnership and Champion Network Development’.

The post-holder will work closely with Michelle, our Training and Development Manager, to: 

Oxfordshire champions' training dates released

After much debate and discussion around venues in Oxfordshire, we've now managed to secure the following dates for training and Network Meetings.

We would like to thank each venue for hosting our courses/meetings and appreciate the support of the DA Champions in arranging them for us. Many thanks to Shaz, Jo, James, Andrea and Abi.

Oxfordshire Champions' training 2017

May 23-24, 2017 - Brookside School, Bicester
September 21-22, 2017 - SOHA Housing, Didcot
November 1-2, 2017 - County Hall, Oxford
February 22-23, 2018 - County Hall, Oxford

Vacancy - IDVA/Outreach in Wycombe

Wycombe Women's AidWycombe Women's Aid is an independent charity offering support, information and refuge to women and children experiencing domestic violence.  They are seeking to fill the post of an IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) / Outreach Worker (hours:  37 hours per week, salary: NJC SCP 22 – 28 (£20,661 - £24,964)).

The post holder will support high risk women on a short term basis, working closely with the Police and other agencies and advocating on the woman’s behalf, before referring on to other agencies for ongoing support.  The post holder will also provide ongoing one to one support to medium and standard risk women and deliver group work. Applicants will have experience of working with families, skills and experience of support work and group work and have a clear understanding of the issues of violence against women and children. 

Church of England updates their response to DA

The Church of EnglandIn trying to attract more faith group representatives into our network of DA Champions we saw some good news this week: the Church of England published their reviewed guidance to clergy and parishes on responding to domestic abuse. Responding Well to Domestic Abuse: Policy & Practice Guidelines was first published in 2006 but the updated document reviews their advice and considers the changes, such as Clare's Law and the criminalisation of Coercive Control in an Intimate Relationship or Family Setting.


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