News from RtR

September 10th is the global Suicide Prevention Day. We felt it prudent to highlight the link between suicide and domestic abuse.

We also know our Patron Frank Mullane, founder of AAFDA, is keen to include suicide cases where DA has been identified, into domestic homicide reviews. At present it is only a crime to assist someone to commit suicide, yet not in pushing or coercing them towards committing it.

Here is a message from our good friends at Human Story Theatre. We are collaborating with them in their touring production of Happily Even After. More details of the shows are on the link below:

Oxford-based Human Story Theatre (HST) takes an up-close look at domestic abuse in the company’s latest play, Happy Even After, touring the city and Oxfordshire in October. The actors go behind closed doors in their intimate style to bear witness to the joy and eventual carnage of two couples’ relationships. 

The performance is part of what critics have called the company’s innovative, ‘compelling’ and ‘excellently acted’ work taking health and social care stories into communities to encourage audiences to share their experiences with visiting experts. 

Below is a message from Anita at BCC- for all our Bucks DA Champions to disseminate:

I have been asked to circulate the attached DA Referral Pathway to DA Champions. 

One of our trusty IDVAs has noticed a flaw with Hollieguard. The issue: If Hollieguard is set up on a phone with a contact that has their phone set to silent, they will not hear the alert if triggered. This has some serious ramifications as many of us switch off the ringer and may not consider someone needing us urgently.

I did contact our friends at the Hollie Gazzard Trust who provide this free safety phone app. They accept this is an issue they are looking into. We thought it prudent to advise any of our readers about the potential harm and how to remedy the problem.

Our IDVA team has identified one solution for iPhones.

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?