News from RtR

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.

We just wanted to repeat the news to all our practitioners in Oxfordshire about the new domestic abuse pathways:

The Domestic Abuse Research Network (DARNet) based at the University of Suffolk is seeking views from practitioners and statutory professionals who work with victims of domestic abuse to complete an anonymous survey regarding whether MARACs are still fit for purpose as well as the barriers to attending a MARAC that you or your organisation may have faced. The online survey will take around 5-10 minutes to complete. 

Buckinghamshire County Council

Anita from Communities, Health & Adult Social Care has been in touch to let us know that the county’s Domestic Violence & Abuse Needs Assessment is now live. If you have used any of their services to support a victim or perpetrator, child or adult then they want to hear from you. Your experience will help them understand which areas need improvement and how. Please take a few minutes to complete their anonymous survey before July 31, 2019.​

Louisa Fidler (one of our Champions) would like us to tell you all about some new developments at Flag DV. From June 14, 2019, they stopped accepting paper or scanned versions of their old referral form and have replaced it with an online digital version which is located on every page of their website (www.flagdv.org.uk). All self referring clients and professional referrals made with the consent of the client must now complete this digital form to access free legal advice.

UK Says No More, in partnership with Stay Safe Global, are undertaking a national survey that will enable them to understand how men can play an active role in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence. We ALL have a role to play in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence. Why not voice your thoughts? The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous. It will be open until the beginning of August.

Girls and women can suffer many forms of harm in the name of "honour" and Oxford Against Cutting is now tackling forced marriage, as well as female genital mutilation. In some communities these issues are interlinked, with girls being cut so they are "ready" to marry, before they finish their education. OAC now offers workshops for teachers and students on female genital mutilation (FGM), honour-based abuse and forced marriage, and body image (including FGM and female cosmetic genital surgery).

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