It is critical that candidates looking for your vote are aiming to deliver DA services for victims, perpetrators and children. Our good friends at SafeLives have created a great campaign aimed to the forthcoming general election. Here is what they say:
The following is a message from Hayley, our current Chief Champ for Bucks. Having attended a recent conference hosted by the Alice Ruggles Trust, we would heartily recommend this to all our Champs in Bucks:
We are happy to advise that the Domestic Abuse Bill has now passed its second reading in the House of Commons. The House heard from a number of passionate MPs but now moves on to the committee stage which will allow more debate and closer scrutiny.
As agreed in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October, the Bill will be carried over into the new session. There had been concern it would all be thrown out and have to begin again when Parliament was prorogued last month.
Tearful MPs applauded and gave a standing ovation to Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield after she told them of the abuse a former partner had subjected her to. The Speaker even appeared shaken by her delivery and commented afterwards on it. (Please link to view)
Below is an open letter from an old friend of Reducing the Risk (and a DA Champion of many years) who now works for one of our patrons- Frank Mullane.
AAFDA’s next two day course for ‘would be’ Chairs of DHRs, commissioners and DHR Chairs who want to refresh their knowledge, takes place 16 and 17 December 2019. This course really gets at the heart of DHRs and allows space for discussion of those grey areas.
It will take place in Swindon, Wiltshire. It is led by Frank Mullane who has quality assured over 650 DHRs for the Home Office and who has significantly influenced the DHR statutory guidance and methodology. On day two we will be joined by a family going through a ground-breaking case and DHR. We will also be joined on day two by Dr. Jane Monckton Smith who will lead a session on domestic abuse and domestic homicide.
The course costs £625 including a hot lunch both days and refreshments throughout the days. A Summary is available.
As many will know we recently supported Human Story Theatre as they performed "Happily Even After" across the county.
It introduced us to many different individuals and organisations, which included Andrea from Thrive North Oxon. She wanted us to highight what they do and also let us have a referral form in case any of our North Oxon DA champions felt they could help a child in North Oxon:
'THRIVE' is a voluntary organisation based in Chipping Norton in North Oxfordshire, aiming to support local children living in desperate circumstances. It was formed in 2016 by a small group of local women after meeting the founders of an organisation called, ‘Community Awareness’, based in Gloucestershire. This organisation works to raise awareness of and offer support to local children living below the poverty line. After speaking with this group and hearing the shocking cases that they have been able to assist within Gloucestershire, ‘Thrive’ was formed so that a similar group could help support desperate children in the North Oxfordshire area.
Our very own Michelle was interviewed again this week on the local radio station. They wanted to promote the play we are supporting which is touring the county to spread awareness of domestic abuse. The interview is available here and is at the 9th minute into the programme with Kat Orman.
If you fancy catching the play- here is a trailer: