With school holidays fast approaching, our friends at Oxford Against Cutting (OAC) are raising awareness of the fact that girls from FGM-practicing communities are at highest risk of being cut during the summer holidays. In some countries there is a "cutting season" and the long break gives time for the cut tissue to physically heal, if the girl survives the practice.
Our friends at Hestia have a specific app, Bright Sky, providing support and information for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or someone concerned about a friend or family member. In addition, the app is available for use by employers and service providers.
We know that children and young people living with domestic abuse are more susceptible to other abuse. Our local Safeguarding Board has recently warned about sexting platforms on social media with hashtags including #paypalme, #findom, #spoilme, #rinse, #drain, #paypig, #comeplaywithme and #cashfornudes used to exchange explicit images/videos/sexual messages for money. Where children and young people are targeted in this way, multiple laws are being broken (whether the exchange of money/images happens on the site or not), and the terms and conditions of the site broken (more information in full story on our site).
Just a reminder that you can easily raise free funds for us by shopping online with Give as you Live. There are over 4100 retailers to choose from and if you are shopping with one of them you can raise a donation for Reducing the Risk without costing you anything. Anything we can raise helps our aims to directly support victims, providing training and supporting our great DA champions.
Holiday bookings? Supporters can raise huge donations for Reducing The Risk Of Domestic Abuse when they book their travel plans.
Energy switching? As the summer draws to an end, are you starting to think about your energy providers and look for the best deals ready for the winter. They have a fantastic switching tool where you can compare energy providers ensuring they get the best deal and raise up to £17 for Reducing the Risk – that’s a win-win.
Grocery shopping? Cash in on all those tasty summer BBQs when you do your grocery shop in-store by using reloadable store cards.
This is one for all our DA Champons or, indeed, anybody else working with domestic abuse to consider helping with:
A Masters student from Royal Holloway, University of London is conducting research into priority perpetrators of domestic abuse/intimate partner violence and is evaluating a tool that identifies priority targets for multi-agency intervention.
An open letter from Thames Valley Police relating to the heightened risk of FGM this summer:
As we approach the summer holidays, Thames Valley Police is raising awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by contacting professionals who work closely with children who could potentially fall victim to this crime. Please read this information and share it with any relevant professional agencies. Safeguarding is everyone's business and we must work together to help and protect those most at risk.
Enter your email address (the one the e-Bulletin has been sent to), leave the password field blank and click the "Log in" button. You will get a message asking whether you have forgotten your password.
Click on the “Have you forgotten your password?” link and input your email address again, then click on “E-mail new password”.
Once you have logged on you can edit your profile to update your data. If you change your email address then it will be updated for logging on and for emails from us.
Our old friend and DA Champion Pat Miller has had great success with her adaptation of Springboard specifically for survivors of domestic abuse. She has been so successful that she is now able to offer her skills to Milton Keynes from September to December. Any woman who wishes to attend this course must have left the abusive relationship and be living in safe accommodation. The risk of them returning to the abusive relationship must be minimal, so there should be evidence of the victim being committed to a recovery process.
It is that time of year again for Thames Valley to consider nominations for the John Latham Award. Please take some time to consider any of your colleagues, somebody from a partner agency, or maybe someone who went that extra mile to help you or a person close to you? Domestic Abuse Champions are ideally placed to spot that one person who goes the extra mile.