News from RtR

HMICFRS is keen to understand what practitioners who are engaged with victims, police or other relevant parties  think about the current police response to domestic abuse and how that might have changed.

Please note the closing date is midnight, Friday 11th October 2019.

If you have any queries about the survey please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing.

We are often asked about how somebody can go about applying for a Non Molestation Order or see if they are eligible for Legal Aid.

We then had this video sent in by a DA Champion and thought it so useful, we placed a version on our Injunctions Page. It is from Advice Now who are based in Manchester but gives sound and detailed advice:

Our good friends at SafeLives have a new project, listening to men and boys about what they feel about relationships. They recognise that to reduce domestic abuse, they need to engage with males; the problem can be a part of the remedy. They have recorded interviews with men and boys and also have a survey for males to complete too. Click on the SafeLives logo to find out more:

Here is news for our DA Champions in Bucks. Faye is currently happily nursing her new baby so we have Suzi Bartlett and Hayley Money holding the fort for her.

Dear Champions,

If you haven’t managed to book yourself on to the next Champion’s Network Meeting it is on:

We are very honoured to be collaborating on an important new initiative- a drama and workshop on domestic abuse which will be touring Oxfordshire in October. Please print off this flyer and promote to others.

Human Story Theatre tackle health and social care issues that affect local communities, and their latest play is about domestic abuse. They go behind closed doors in their inimitable, intimate style and bear witness to the joy and eventual carnage of two couples’ relationships. Ebullient Peter, a hard-working policeman and all round ‘good egg’ finds love a second time around with cautious Kate, an office worker who finds it hard to trust again. Ash a charming and ambitious history lecturer and caring Naomi a talented, aspiring dress designer marry on the same fateful day as Peter and Kate.  We go inside their lives over several anniversaries, sharing happy and more difficult moments with them, ‘for better for worse, to love and to cherish, ‘til death us do part.’

A new campaign aims to keep up the momentum of domestic abuse, despite a change at No 10. Here is what our friends at UK Says No More are aiming for:

As the country is taken into new hands and governed by a new leadership, we cannot forget how far we have come in recent times. Now, more than ever, we need societal support to keep the prevention of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the picture.

Theresa May MP, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, honoured her commitment in bringing forth the Domestic Abuse Bill by ensuring its introduction to the House of Commons earlier this month. The Bill, a result of consultations and evidence from practitioners and activists including UK SAYS NO MORE and its partners, is now en route to becoming an Act of Parliament. However, the work has not ended and there are still ways we can all keep the Bill in the frame. #WhatICanDo?

The Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme allows anyone to complain to the Attorney General that a sentence is too low. But it does not include serious domestic abuse, e.g. coercive control, for which there are frequent poor sentences which often seem to disregard Sentencing Council guidelines.

Our own patron Frank Mullane and his staff at AAFDA are very keen to share their latest campaign- please consider signing their petition:

Today AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse), with the support of the Victims’ Commissioner Vera Baird QC, launches its petition to request that the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme covers coercive control.

Dogs Trust

There's an accepted link between domestic abuse and pet abuse and increasingly practitioners in the two areas benefit from working together. The Dogs Trust Freedom Project, which has several staff waiting to join our Champions' Networks, have just launched a new survey to gather further information from DA professionals and practitioners on their experience of cases where domestic abuse has involved pets, and what impact this has on the survivor. This survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete, and is designed to gather information from any professional supporting victims/survivors of domestic abuse. Survey closes August 12, 2019.

SAFE! are conducting a Thames Valley wide consultation on understandings of and responses to peer on peer abuse. They are interested in your views on peer on peer abuse generally, but also more specifically looking at 'teen dating violence' and have asked if as many of you as possible could please respond- Closing date is August 31.

Hello Torbay Champions,

We realise that this is now holiday season where everyone is either away or covering for those who are away from work. There is, however, some important news if you are waiting for training as a Champion in Torbay. We still have spaces on a two day training session (open to all agencies/individuals) for September 18 and October 2, 2019; the sessions will both be held at Tor Hill House, Torquay.