News from RtR

Rachel Axtell writes: 

I am delighted to share a new therapeutic project supporting people affected by domestic abuse. This project will provide a safe group environment to explore the impact of domestic abuse and how to move forward from the trauma, and break negative patterns for the future. This includes physical, sexual violence and emotional abuse including coercive control and can be recent or historic. CMHT have secured funding from the OPCC to deliver across East Berkshire and are forming the initial group at the moment. Please consider suitable clients from your current, recent and previous caseloads for service users who may benefit from this healing work.


Citizen's Advice have a new national service: Finding Legal Advice Options for Women Survivors (FLOWS) is an England-wide legal advice service. It offers free legal advice and support to front-line workers in Local Cit A working with women responding to domestic abuse — and they can also advise women themselves and arrange representation.

Our great friends and DA Champions in West Berks are holding an innovative learning opportunity on economic abuse called Lunch & Learn- Economic Abuse. Use your lunchbreak to develop your awareness and understanding of economic abuse within intimate partner relationships.

You do have to bring your own lunch but can learn about the issues, whilst you eat:

This is one for all our active DA Champions in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Update 

Guidance regarding advising victims on how to gather evidence, keep safe online, and deal with unwanted or intimidating electronic communications.
January 2019

The Violence, Abuse & Mental Health Network will research the impact of violence and abuse on mental health. The network will focus on all types of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, and all aspects of mental health and wellbeing (i.e., not just diagnosed mental health conditions).

The following was taken from a recent online campaign following the sentencing in a case surrounding the death of Natalie Connolly:

​We are cataloguing the UK men who have relied on a defence of "sex game gone wrong" in the death of a woman or girl.

Here is some great news for anyone wanting to foster a cat or needing to home a cat to enable somebody to flee to refuge!.

We have this from our good friends at Paws Protect

Frank Mullane awarded MBE in 2019 New Year Honours list for services to families affected by domestic homicide.

Reducing the Risk are very pleased to congratulate one of our patrons on receiving this award for all his tireless efforts:

We recently attended a forum in London aimed at bringing awareness of domestic abuse into faith groups and heard from Mizan the poet.