Posts tagged ‘Violence against Women’

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?

May 23, 2012

“Let me not die before my time”

A powerful new report on the impact of domestic abuse, and violence against women in West Africa has just been published by the International Rescue Committee, called ‘Let me not die before my time’.  You can download it at  The report stresses how violence in the home increases in post conflict societies.  

To quote from the introduction: “Women speak of domestic violence as impacting every aspect of their lives over a period of time, keeping them afraid and isolated from their friends and family and dependent on men who abuse them. Women want programs that confront this multifaceted reality. They want to be healthy (both physically and emotionally), to be financially independent, to have supportive communities that speak out against violence, and to have options for securing their safety whether through the police, a traditional chief, or a local women’s group.”

It sounds like while local realities may be very different, the wishes and needs of women suffering violence and abuse are universal.  You could have written almost exactly the same for women living in this country.


January 29, 2012

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Five-Year Agenda

Thanks to Vinny Smith from Development Initiatives for sending me the news of the UN Secretary-General’s new 5 year action plan.  We welcome these initiatives very warmly.


1. Deepen the UN campaign to end violence against women by enhancing support for countries to adopt legislation that criminalizes violence against women and provides reparations and remedies to victims, provide women with access to justice and pursue and prosecute perpetrators of violence against women.

2. Promote women’s political participation worldwide by encouraging countries to adopt measures that guarantee women’s equal access to political leadership, managing elections to promote women’s engagement and building the capacity of women to be effective leaders. Place a special focus on the Secretary-General’s seven-point action plan on women’s participation in peacebuilding.

3. Develop an action agenda for ensuring the full participation of women in social and economic recovery through a multi-stakeholder partnership with government, the private sector and civil society. This should include recommendations on inheritance laws, wages, childcare, work-sharing and taxes.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Five-Year Agenda.

July 20, 2011

Good news from Rights of Women on Legal Aid

I received this email from Rights of Women who have done a great job of advocating for change in the legal aid proposals in relation to cases brought under the Domestic Violence rule.

Dear all,

I write with excellent news that the Government has agreed to bring cases brought under the domestic violence rule back into the scope of legal aid within the proposals set out in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The statement from the Legal Aid Minister, Jonathan Djanogly MP, was made yesterday 19 July during the sixth sitting of the Public Bill Committee in response to a question raised by the Conservative Party MP, Ben Gummer:

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June 7, 2011

Policy to prevent forced marriages “arbitrary and disruptive”, says Court of Appeal

Interesting post from the UK Human Rights Blog on the recent ruling from the Court of Appeal that has held the ban on immigration of young people under 21 for the purposes of marriage to be unlawful in a case today.  The Court found the blanket ban to interfere with a couple’s right to a family life and be disproportionate.  The Home Secretary will now need to decide in what form to keep the rule- if at all.  As the post rightly points out – it is very hard to legislate against something like forced marriage without some form of blanket policy – but this by definition runs the risk of being disproportionate.  It would be interesting to hear how material you think this is to addressing forced marriage.

Policy to prevent forced marriages “arbitrary and disruptive”, says Court of Appeal « UK Human Rights Blog.

May 21, 2011

With all the noise about rape sentences – here are some facts

The Guardian very helpfully has sent out the breakdown of rape sentences – so perhaps we can all use some facts in this debate?


Factcheck: Was Ken Clarke right that rapists serve at least a year in jail? | Politics |

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.

April 17, 2011

EU Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against women and domestic violence

Perhaps not the catchiest title, but despite reservations from a number of countries including the UK, the committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a new convention against Violence against women.

It foresees creating a legal framework to prevent violence and to protect victims. It will need ratification by the government which I guess might not happen quickly. We are trying to understand what the Government’s caution is about ratifying convention, and when we have the answer we will let you know!