Posts tagged ‘Funding for domestic abuse services’

August 4, 2012

Celebrating Success – ASSIST service to cover all of Strathclyde

Following on from my last post, the other bit of great news from the news of funding for VAWG services in Scotland, is the decision to roll out the ASSIST service across the whole of the Strathclyde police force area.  ASSIST provides a great IDVA service and set up the first Scottish MARAC a few years ago.  It is heartwarming to see their hard work rewarded in this way at a time when growth and expansion are hardly the order of the day.

ASSIST have been friends of CAADA’s since day 1 – I think we were set up at almost the same time.  Deb Nicholson the first manager came on our first IDVA training course in 2005, and her successor Mhairi McGowan attended a couple of years later.  They were one of the grantees from the Hestia Fund and we even managed to hire one of the IDVAs, Lucy McDonald who continues to train for us.  Now we are working with them and Scottish Women’s Aid to deliver accredited training for domestic abuse practitioners in Scotland – and very proud to do so.  I don’t know many people who have been as unstintingly positive, reliable and generous as Mhairi – so to her and her team – CONGRATULATIONS!  The women of Strathclyde will be safer as a result of this decision.


August 4, 2012

Can someone explain? £5 vs £0.30p a head…

I have a pile of papers marked ‘To Read at the Weekend’.  It doesn’t always get read.  I have been carrying around for a couple of weekends the press release from the Scottish Government about their funding for Violence Against Women and Girls.  They announced funding of £34.5m for the next 3 years – £11.5m a year or £5 per woman over the age of 16 in the population.  I looked again at the figures for funding for VAWG services in England and Wales….£7m a year or £0.30p a head.

When I started working on domestic abuse in 2003, it was because several people told me that it was ‘the biggest human problem that was the hardest to raise money for.’  It seems like not much has changed south of the border.

Can anyone explain?

November 13, 2011

Mama Cash study shows underfunding for women and girls from European Foundations

Landmark Mama Cash study shows large gap between interest and investments in women and girls

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On May 25, Mama Cash launched a research report, Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding for Women and Girls. This report was commissioned by Mama Cash, produced by the Foundation Center and Weisblatt & associés, and conducted in cooperation with the European Foundation Centre.

The research findings point both to exciting potential and to hurdles yet to be cleared.

90% of European foundations surveyed expressed interest in at least one issue related to women and girls. About one third (37%) intentionally focus at least some of their work on women and girls. Yet, in 2009, the median percentage of total grant monies actually allocated by foundations in support of women and girls was only 4.8%–of which only one fifth focused on human rights.

“The gap between interest and investment tells us is that there is genuine potential and motivation for European foundations to step up and provide more funding for women and girls,” said Nicky McIntyre, executive director of Mama Cash. “Data consistently show that no country has yet achieved gender equality. We at Mama Cash hope that this report’s findings will inspire conversations and collaborations that will, in turn, contribute to mobilising leadership and realizing increased giving in support of the rights, well-being, and empowerment of women and girls.”

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September 30, 2011

How would you spend £250m? Bins or lives?

On emptying the bins each week?  Really? Of how about some other options?

1. Keeping legal aid in private law family cases as it stands today – keeping thousands of vulnerable people, especially children safe and offering justice to the most needy

2. Employing 400 IDVAs across the health service for 20 years- YES – 20 years – offering support to the 40,000+ high risk victims who do not access the criminal justice system.

3. Employ all IDVAs and all MARAC coordinators for 8 years and save….well over a £1bn.

How can emptying bins be a better decision??

June 7, 2011

The Day of the two 4,000s


Yesterday saw a lot of coverage about the figure of 4,000 women convicted of domestic abuse and rather less on the report of the Taskforce looking at ways to divert women from crime, which noted that the female prison population is coincidentally also at 4,000.  The reporting of the latter was unsurprisingly more sympathetic and reflective – noting the powerful case for alternatives to custody but also the complexity of funding these.  However both could have benefitted from a bit more context.  4,000 women prosecuted for DV, versus more than 10 times that number of men.  4,000 women in prison and perhaps 8,000 children left without their mother.


BBC News – Women’s convictions for domestic violence ‘double’.

May 30, 2011

Welcome to the new Leading Lights Services – Sheffield, Kent, Cardiff, Leicestershire and Southampton

We are really delighted that a further 5 specialist domestic abuse services have signed up for our coaching and accreditation programme – Leading Lights.  They are:

  • Vida in Sheffield
  • Cardiff Women’s Aid
  • Oasis Domestic Abuse Services in Kent
  • Women’s Aid Leicestershire
  • Southampton IDVA Service

They join 9 fully accredited services and about 30 others who are currently going through the programme. The CAADA Leading Lights programme recognises safe and consistent practice among IDVA services. The accreditation programme, which is based upon practical and effective policies and processes, offers a clear path towards consistent standards of care across the IDVA sector and has now been adopted by several commissioners around the country.  We are delighted about this as we believe that the Leading Lights framework represents a sound and high quality basis for commissioning.


May 20, 2011

Criminalising Forced Marriage?

The Home Affairs Select Committee announced yesterday that it supported the criminalising of forced marriage while maintaining the civil offence.  This has some relevance to the EU convention on Violence Against Women which our Government has been cautious about endorsing.  The main reason for the caution I understand, is because the convention sees Forced Marriage as a criminal offence.   It is potentially very important for the wider policy and funding for VAW services if this convention is implemented here, so watch this space.

Family Law.

May 17, 2011

£3m package for women’s community justice services

Some good news at last….

Ministry of Justice

£3m package for women’s community projects

11 May 2011

Work to address women’s offending can continue at 26 community projects thanks to a one off £3.2m funding deal between the National Offender Management Service and the Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition.

Local projects to turn women away from crime and help them address their problems have been up and running for two years after receiving an initial grant from the Ministry of Justice. Following the additional funding announced today these projects will now work to establish funding through local partnerships.

This funding will mean women’s community services can continue to deliver approved programmes including drug and alcohol treatment whilst working in collaboration with probation, police and other agencies.

Minister for Prisons and Probation, Crispin Blunt, said:

‘I am delighted to see an example of local communities playing a fundamental role in criminal justice. This one-off funding package from National Offender Management Service (NOMS and the Corston Coalition will keep the doors to these centres open for 2011/12. However, it has always been the aim to embed the projects locally and going forward this will be a key focus for each centre.’

In 2012/13, it is a NOMS commitment to continue funding projects with a proven track record of tackling offending behaviour amongst women.

As part of the 2007 Corston Review, Baroness Corston made clear that women who do not pose a risk to the public, must be diverted from custody. Since then, considerable work has been done to rehabilitate women through intensive community punishment coupled with support and these projects are the driving force behind this work.

Peter Kilgarriff, Chief Executive of the LankellyChase Foundation, representing the Corston Coalition, said:

‘The Corston Coalition is delighted to be working with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that women’s community services remain an integral part of the criminal justice system. We are particularly pleased that NOMS have committed to commission effective services into the future from 2012. We look forward to more women getting a chance to change their lives and stop offending.’

The Ministry of Justice will shortly be publishing our response to the Green Paper consultation, Breaking the Cycle, which sets out our plan to overhaul the way offenders are punished and rehabilitated.

May 3, 2011

Some pointers for commissioners? Or the Big Society?

I am a great admirer of the work done by Bridgespan ( who write and debate about some thought provoking issues for the not for profit sector.  This recent piece looks at the new legislation passed in Connecticut addressing how the state contracts with charities – something that we are really interested in – especially how one can link the commissioning process with good outcomes for beneficiaries.  According to Bridgespan, Connecticut doesn’t have all the answers, but there are some useful pointers, and any readers who are responsible for commissioning might take note of the recommendations too…see link below for the detail.

The Guiding Principles are set out here, with some UK/CAADA interpretation added in brackets!

  • That the work of the Commission strengthen the public/private partnerships in the delivery of health and human services; (for us that would be about strengthening MARACs)
  • That quality and effectiveness of services are predicated upon a viable and sustainable nonprofit sector; (makes sense to us…)
  • That program and/or funding changes result in maintained or overall improved client outcomes;(yes)
  • That the pursuit of efficiency and streamlining processes is a mutual goal of both purchasers and service providers; (fair enough- but might need capital to invest in order to get efficiency gains)
  • That commission recommendations and future program design be supported by reliable data and analysis; (Yes, our Insights service perhaps?) and
  • That services need to be client and community focused, and based on current best practice models.” (See Leading Lights for an example of this)

Conversation Starter – Connecticut Maps Path to Nonprofit Sustainability – With a Few, Deep Potholes – Government Funding.

March 2, 2011

A cut out and keep guide to judicial review

Hopefully our sector won’t have to resort to judicial reviews to address the current funding cuts but just in case….

A cut out and keep guide to judicial review « UK Human Rights Blog.