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We still have some places available on the following courses – if you would like to book anyone on please contact Equation on 0115 9623 237.  Please be aware the Improving Skills for Working with Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence is a new course, delegates MUST have attended ‘Understanding and responding to domestic violence and abuse’ and ‘Challenging domestic violence and abuse: Good practice guidelines for working with male perpetrators’.

 

Understanding & Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse (formerly DVAA)

Thursday 15 May                 City                 New Mechanics

Thursday 19 June                City                 New Mechanics

 

Challenging Domestic Violence: Good Practice Guidelines for Working with

Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

(delegates must have attended Understanding & Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse prior to this course)

 

Thursday 8 May 2014         City                 New Mechanics

Tuesday 17 June 2014       City                 New Mechanics

 

Improving Skills for Working with Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

(delegates must have attended Understanding & Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse AND Challenging DV prior to this course)

Tuesday 13 May                  City                 New Mechanics

 

This one-day course, developed and delivered by Equation, builds on the knowledge gained from the two previous courses, Understanding & Responding to DVA (formerly DVAA) and Challenging Domestic violence.

Objectives:

1.    Improve skills and confidence in structured work with domestic abuse offenders

2.    Improve skills and confidence in examining abusive incidents with domestic abuse offenders

3.    Improve skills and effectiveness with assessments and information sharing

4.    Improve skills and clarity for working with associated complex issues

5.    Gain up to date information on developments in work with men who abuse female partners

 

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#ebayforcharities

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Equation is now registered with #ebayforcharities!

 

Here’s two ways that Equation supporters can now help us really easily using eBay:

 

1. Our supporters can select Equation as their favourite charity on eBay, by visiting our  Charity  Profile page and clicking on the ‘Save as Favourite’ button

 

2. Supporters can donate 10%-100% of the fee for items they sell on ebay to us. This also benefits sellers as the % amount they donate equates to the same % discount from their ebay fees.

 

Selling on ebay couldn’t be easier and can be done in a few clicks. Plus there’s an easy 1-2-3 of how to do charity listings here: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/ebayforcharity/sell.html

 

And here’s the explanation of how it all works for charities:

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https://www.paypalgivingfund.org.uk/fundraise/receive/uk_receive-donations.html

 

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Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage Event

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Muslim Women’s Organisation are holding a conference for all those who are concerned and committed to working towards ending Domestic Violence/Abuse, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriages. The conference is aimed at professionals, faith leaders, community organisations and representatives.

The conference will be held on Tuesday 20th May, 9.30am to 3pm at the New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6BE. Lunch will be provided.

This is a booking only conference, please book early to avoid disappointment.

For further Information contact Shazia on 07971404313

To book a place email: community.cohesion@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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Domestic Violence Victims Helped as Injunction Fees are Scrapped

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Vulnerable domestic abuse victims will be helped by the scrapping of fees for domestic violence injunctions, Courts Minister Shailesh Vara has announced.

The £75 fee for domestic violence injunctions will cease from 22 April, as part of an overhaul of the fees charged in civil and family courts in England and Wales.

The changes will also mean hardworking taxpayers will no longer have to cover so much of the bill for operating the courts. At present around £100m of running costs have to be found from general taxes each year.

Under the plans confirmed today, the fees for civil courts (not criminal courts) will be adjusted to address the shortfall.

The changes include:

  • Scrapping the £75 application fee for domestic violence injunctions which will help thousands of women seeking non-molestation and occupation orders. More than 20,000 applications were made in 2012.
  • Increasing the fees for cases involving claims for money (for example when someone makes a claim for compensation) on a sliding scale, with a maximum fee of £1, 920 .
  • Introducing a standard fee of £280 for civil cases which are not about claims for money (applying for someone to be declared insolvent or to repossess property for example) – instead of the current mixture of fees.

Fees will stay the same for cases involving sensitive family issues including child contact, divorce financial disputes and adoption applications – and there will be a reduction in the fee for local authorities to apply to take a child into care.

Courts Minister Shailesh Vara said:

We have one of the best legal systems in the world and we are making sure our courts are properly resourced so that they can continue to build on their excellent reputation. These fee changes will make sure hardworking taxpayers are not having to subsidise those using our civil courts.

I want to emphasise that we will protect vulnerable groups by keeping fees the same for sensitive family issues including adoption applications and child contact. Moreover, we are scrapping the fee for domestic violence injunctions to make sure there are no unnecessary barriers between people and the help they need.

And people who cannot afford court fees do not have to pay – they can apply for waivers using the means-tested remissions system.

The changes follow a consultation which also included a section on further proposals to set fees for some civil and commercial cases as a percentage of the amount under dispute.

The Government is still considering the responses to that part of the consultation and will set out next steps in due course.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Details of all of the current and proposed fees are included in the consultation document and response Court Fees: Proposals For Reform
  2. The overall running costs for civil courts in England and Wales was £610m in 2012/13.
  3. The fees will remain unchanged for adoption applications (£170), child contact applications (£215) and divorce financial arrangements (£255). They will be reduced for applications to take children into care from £5,475 (application and hearing fees) to £2,055
  4. Details of the fee remissions system
  5. For more information contact the Ministry of Justice press office on 0203 334 3536. Follow us @MoJPress

 

This article originally appeared on the gov.uk website.

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Update on Legal Aid – Women’s Aid

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In April 2013 changes were made to the family law legal aid system that meant legal aid was no longer available for many family law cases.

However, legal aid still remained available for women survivors of domestic violence and is accessed through the Domestic Violence Gateway. As of 1 April 2014 further changes were made to the evidence needed to access legal aid for women survivors of domestic violence – these changes come into force on Tuesday 22 April 2014.

See below for an updated list of evidence that can be used to access legal aid for women survivors of domestic violence from 22 April 2014.

  • Their perpetrator has been convicted of a domestic violence offence against them and that conviction is unspent
  • Their perpetrator has accepted a caution for a domestic violence offence against them within the past 24 months
  • Their perpetrator is on police bail for a domestic violence offence (this is an additional piece of evidence added in 2014)
  • Their perpetrator has received a Domestic Violence Protection Order (this is an additional piece of evidence added in 2014)
  • Their perpetrator has a binding over order for a domestic violence offence (this is an additional piece of evidence added in 2014)
  • They are ongoing criminal proceedings in respect of a domestic violence offence against them
  • They have a protective injunction (such as a non-molestation or forced marriage protection order) in force or one had been made within the past 2 years
  • Their perpetrator had given an undertaking in respect of domestic violence and the undertaking is still in force or had been made within the past 2 years and where no cross undertaking has been given
  • They have been referred to a Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference as a victim of domestic violence and a plan is in place within the past 2 years
  • They have a report from a doctor, nurse or midwife confirming they were examined in respect of an injury or condition consistent with domestic violence within the past 2 years
  • They have been assessed by Social Services as experiencing or being at risk of domestic violence within the past 2 years
  • They have a letter from a refuge confirming that they stayed there for a period of more than 24 hours within the past 2 years
  • They have been assess by a psychologist as experiencing or being at risk of domestic violence within the past 2 years (this is an additional piece of evidence added in 2014)
  • They have evidence from a domestic violence support service where they have been referred by a health professional.
  • They have been unable to access refuge due to insufficient accommodation (this is an additional piece of evidence added in 2014)

For more information see Rights of Women website www.rightsofwomen.org.uk or call their Helpline on 020 7251 6575

This post was originally found on the AVA website.

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Nottingham City JSNA

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JSNAs are local assessments of current and future health and social care needs that could be met by the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), or the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB). Following the ascent of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 local authorities and CCGs have an equal and explicit duty to prepare Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS), through the Health and Wellbeing Board.

The aim of a JSNA is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and reduce inequalities for all ages. It is used to help to determine what actions local authorities, the NHS and other partners need to take to meet health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on health and wellbeing.

 Introduction 
Domestic violence (DV) is “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”. This includes issues of concern to Black and Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) communities such as so called “honour based violence”, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. (Home Office, 2008)Domestic violence impacts on all women irrespective of class, ethnicity or sexuality, it also affects men, including in same sex relationships. Domestic violence is linked to child abuse, adult abuse and also affects animals.Violence against women and girls can have a devastating effect on individuals and the communities in which they live. It ruins lives, breaks apart families and has an impact across the generations.A strategic approach, mirroring the governments aims of managing domestic violence through prevention, provision and protection has been taken to reduce domestic violence in Nottingham, which includes;1. Preventing domestic abuse, including through early intervention. This is about changing attitudes and preventing violence

2. Ensuring provision of support services for survivors and children. This includes effective provision of services, advice and support; emergency and acute services; refuge and safe accommodation.

3. Protecting survivors through the criminal justice system and holding perpetrators to account.

Nottingham Local Area Agreement (LAA) 

The Nottingham Domestic Violence Local Area Agreement includes a target on domestic violence in the Young Nottingham theme. The priority outcome is to improve the safeguarding and outcomes for children and families with complex needs.

The National Indicator (NI) 32 to reduce repeat incidents of domestic violence at Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). The baseline is based on the national average of a mature MARAC.

Base line 

08/09 

09/10 

2010/11 

31%

n/a

28%

24%

An important addition to the Domestic Violence JSNA chapter is the recently produced (2011) Domestic and Sexual Violence Strategic Needs Assessment. For the first time, it brings together the assessment of domestic violence and sexual violence – two complex areas that have substantial overlap. When making any future commissioning decisions please do not read this JSNA chapter on Domestic Violence in isolation. The Domestic and Sexual Violence Strategic Needs Assessment can be found here.

Key issues and gaps 
The British Crime Survey (BCS) indicates that domestic violence is chronically under reported, but research estimates that it:• Accounts for 16% of all violent crime (source: Crime in England & Wales 2004/05)• Has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)• One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute• Costs the Country in excess of £23bn per year, of which £3bn falls to public services.

• Claims the lives of two women each week and 30 men per year

• Is the largest cause of morbidity worldwide in women aged 19-44, greater than war, cancer or motor vehicle accidents

• One in four women and one in six men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime, with women at greater risk of repeat victimisation, serious injury and fear.

 

The high numbers of reported domestic violence in Nottingham is one of the highest in the UK which puts huge pressures on resources available. The unmet needs and service gaps have been outlined in detail in section 8 and the commissioning recommendations reflects these gaps.

Recommendations for consideration by commissioners 
Strategic multi agency commissioning, mainstreaming and capacity building of existing specialist domestic violence voluntary sector is required.Commissioning falls into 2 key areas, that which can be included in services as good practice (see below) and the commissioning of services themselves.Non financial commissioning of services and practice • All Agencies to develop and promote policy and procedures for work with survivors, children and perpetrators (including employee domestic violence policies)• Publicity of agency policy and procedures to all communities

• Publicity of domestic violence services to all communities

• All agencies and departments should have a domestic violence lead or champion

• Domestic violence awareness and skills training for all staff and management

• Data collection, evaluation and reporting across all agencies, including all equalities data

• Screening and risk assessment for survivors and for perpetrators who use agencies

• Increase reporting of domestic violence in ‘cold spots’ and develop flexible and creative ways to deal with repeats

• Early intervention with children and young people including appropriate identification and support of those children whose parents are drug and alcohol users

 

Services requiring commissioning include the whole specialist domestic violence voluntary sector and statutory domestic violence sector outlined in this document. Priority commissioning is also outlined previously in this document.

The Nottingham City Council ASH independent needs modelling indicates that 50 accommodation based units and 180 non accommodation based units for survivors of domestic abuse will be required.

To read the most report in full see below:

Nottingham City JSNA 2011

 

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Nottinghamshire County JSNA

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JSNAs are local assessments of current and future health and social care needs that could be met by the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), or the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB). Following the ascent of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 local authorities and CCGs have an equal and explicit duty to prepare Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS), through the Health and Wellbeing Board.

The aim of a JSNA is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and reduce inequalities for all ages. It is used to help to determine what actions local authorities, the NHS and other partners need to take to meet health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on health and wellbeing.

 

 

Executive Summary

Introduction 

 Over 27,000 people experience domestic abuse in the previous 12months and more than 156,000 people do so across their lifetime (16-59 years)

 There have been 11 domestic homicides in Nottinghamshire between 2011 and 2013

 Approximately 75% of children living in households where domestic abuse occurs are exposed to actual incidents1. These children have an increased risk of developing acute and long term physical and emotional health problems2.

 Reporting of domestic abuse incidents to Nottinghamshire Police has increased from approximately 6,000 in 2009 to 10,000 in 2013

 Recording of domestic abuse crimes by Nottinghamshire Police has increased gradually from 2009 to 2013

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Recommendations for consideration by commissioners 

1. Commission sufficient numbers of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) to at minimum meet the Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) recommended coverage of 4 IDVAs per 100,000 adult female population

2. Enhance the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process through improved engagement and information sharing between MARAC and GP practices

3. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to commission Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) in accordance with recommendation 16 in NICE Public Health Guidance (PH50 published February 2014)

4. Investigate the possible reasons why there is a lower rate of recording of domestic abuse (6.4 per 1000 population) by Nottinghamshire Police than other local authority areas and the regional(16.4 per 1000) and national (18.2 per 1000) average.

5. Workforce to implement training in line with NICE PH50 guidance level 1-4

6. Improve data collection and reporting of outcomes in relation to domestic abuse and abuse across Specialist Domestic Violence and Abuse Services

7. Extend midwifery reporting of domestic abuse to all three Acute Hospital Trusts

8. Implement the recommendations outlined in the Domestic Violence and Abuse review (2014) and NICE PH50 guidance

 

For the full JSNA report, see below:

Nottinghamshire County JSNA 2014

 

 

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Parent abuse course on 8th May: fantastic offer available!

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Places are available for Equation’s expert course Addressing Young People’s Abuse of Their Parents on Thursday 8th May 2014.

This one-day course explores the issue of young people’s abuse of their parents and is useful for professionals and practitioners who work with children, families and parents. The day will cover the impact of domestic violence on young people, the prevalence and dynamics of parent abuse, building strengths in the parent/child relationship. The afternoon will focus on practical skills for working with parents experiencing abuse from their children, exploring family systems work and identifying simple techniques to utilise with young people.

The standard fee for this full-day course is £90, including lunch. Equation is also pleased to be able to offer members a fantastic discount on this course: every full-price place booked (at members’ already-discounted price of £85) will receive a half-price place (£42.50).

Find out more details and instructions on how to book onto this course on our training page.

Equation regularly offers expert training on a range of topics relevant to understanding and responding to domestic abuse, some of which are free for professionals in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire. You can find out more details on our training pages.

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Legal Aid criteria for domestic violence survivors to be widened

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The Ministry of Justice have reviewed the evidence criteria needed for women survivors of domestic violence to access Legal Aid through the Domestic Violence Gateway. They have concluded that the criteria need to be widened and have put in place regulations to do just this.

This is a good start to making Legal Aid available to more survivors of domestic violence and represents a huge success for Women’sAid’s joint lobbying effort with Rights of Women and Welsh Women’s Aid, although there is still much more work to be done.

A key aspect of the amended regulations is that a letter from the 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge) would be admissible as evidence for a woman being unable to access refuge accommodation (which is part of the current evidence criteria).

Another key aspect of the amended regulation is that a letter from a domestic violence support service where a woman has been referred there by a health professional will be admissible as evidence of domestic violence. The new regulations have gone live and will come into force on Tuesday 22 April 2014. You can read them here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/814/contents/made

Guidance should be available from the Ministry of Justice from 17 April 2014, and will be made available in our Library when this is published.

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HMIC report on police response to domestic abuse

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Published on Thursday 27 March 2014, a new HMIC report informs the public on how the police service is responding to domestic abuse.

Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse is now available in our relevant Library pages.

Summary
In September 2013, HMIC was commissioned by the Home Secretary to inspect the police response to domestic violence and abuse. The report, Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse found that, while most forces and police and crime commissioners have said that domestic abuse is a priority for their areas, this isn’t being translated into an operational reality. HMIC is concerned to find that, despite the progress made in this area over the last decade, not all police leaders are ensuring that domestic abuse is a priority in their forces – it is often a poor relation to other policing activity.

The HMIC also released a report for each Home Office funded police force in England and Wales; you can find the Nottinghamshire Police report in our Library.

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