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Researchers appeal for help from survivors of domestic violence

Patients who have visited the Emergency Department at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre because of domestic violence are being asked to take part in new research at The University of Nottingham.

The QMC is one of the few hospitals in the UK to have a dedicated domestic violence specialist nurse working full-time in the Emergency Department (ED).

Now the Nottingham University Hospitals’ Charity is funding a project to assess patients’ experiences of the emergency department at QMC to see if there could be further improvements.

People who have experienced domestic abuse and received treatment in the Emergency Department at QMC and who would like to take part in the confidential and anonymous interviews for this research are asked to contact the research hotline on 07891 784 163 or email Dr McGarry on Julie.McGarry@nottingham.ac.uk.

There is on average one domestic violence-related murder per year in Nottingham and the British Crime Survey indicates that at least 10 per cent of women and two per cent of men are at risk from domestic violence every day. Around 7,000 children in the city are also living with the problem.¹

Lead researcher Dr Julie McGarry from the University’s School of Health Sciences said:

”Nottingham does not have a bigger problem with domestic violence than other similar cities but this sort of violence is often but not always a hidden problem. It is vital that we continue to improve support for survivors who attend the Emergency Department.”

“Previous research has already found that the specialist nurse is having a very positive impact among other Emergency Department staff at the QMC who have found her expertise invaluable when patients report domestic violence, or if they suspect it. Now we want to assess the impact of services more generally among the patients themselves so we would be very keen to interview survivors of abuse.”

Barbara Cathcart from the Nottingham Hospitals’ Charity added:

“Nottingham Hospitals Charity sponsors peer reviewed projects for every area of the hospitals it supports. We are pleased to support this domestic violence research because of its impact across every part of society.

“To extend this important service and to continue to support the work for which Nottingham is known nationally, the Charity also funds a nurse specialist whose remit is to educate nurses throughout the hospital trust about identifying signs of potential abuse, with the aim to support those patients at risk. It is envisaged that this latest research in the emergency department will enhance the level of support provided in this area throughout the Trust”.

¹Nottingham City Council Joint Strategic Needs Assessment data.

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Raffle ticket winners from All Fired Up

The winning raffle tickets for prizes as yet unclaimed from Equation’s fundraiser All Fired Up on 22nd November 2013 are:

BLUE 51 (LOT 2: hand-knitted scarf)

WHITE 124 (LOT 8: set of ASOS tees )

PINK 49 (LOT 14: long furry-hooded parka)

GREEN 43 (LOT 19: WESC headphones with Eley Kishimoto design)

GREEN 20 (LOT 20: 6 months spotify premium membership)

PINK 32 (LOT 21: Boots Soap&Glory Hamper)

If you’ve got a winning ticket, please email Chloe on fundraising@equation.org.uk with your phone number and you can arrange pick-up of the prize from our office in Nottingham city.


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Fiery fundraiser 22nd Nov: Folk, blues + live firewalk!

All Fired Up: Firewalking and Footstomping Fundraiser 

On Friday November 22nd the Nottingham Contemporary will be host to All Fired Up: an evening of live blues, folk and worldbeats music supporting Equation’s pioneering work against domestic abuse .

We  have organised a night of lively local talent headlined by Salmagundi, a seven-piece performing original music infused with a world of influences including ska, samba and tango. They’ll be supported by Three Minute Heist, who present a fresh, energetic and modern take on traditional blues in their new material. Opening the night will be Georgie Rose, an award-winning young singer-songwriter playing powerful blues, folk and mellow country.

An event highlight will be a mass sponsored firewalk at 9pm, when 30 intrepid Equation supporters – including local Nottingham City Councillors Nicola Heaton and Alex Norris – will brave a 20ft bed of hot coals to complete a toasty fundraising challenge. Cheering spectators are welcome! Raffle tickets with premium prizes will also be for sale, provided by Spotify, Boots, Currys and many local businesses.

Doors open at 7.30pm, with entry by donation (suggested £3). Accompanied children are welcome until 9.30pm.

Read more about the event on the Contemporary website: http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/all-fired

Join the Facebook page All Fired Up in Notts

Contact Chloe for more information: fundraising@equation.org.uk

The event is proudly sponsored by: KCH Garden Square, Nelsons, St Mary’s Chambers, Hawley and Rodgers and Pyramid Press.

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Nottingham Women’s Conference and Fringe Events

Equation is proud to support and take part in the Nottingham Women’s Conference.

Nottingham Women’s Conference 2013 aims to bring together women in Nottingham and the surrounding areas to look at ways forward on some of the key issues facing women today, such as:

  • The objectification of women
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Women, power and poverty

The conference aims to:

  • To support feminists (old and new!) to come together to network, strengthen connections and create joined up actions for greater impact
  • To promote new ways of thinking on the issues affecting women today, tapping into ‘what works’ elsewhere and disseminating information about inspiring and successful campaigns
  • To inspire, skill up and motivate to act!

The conference is being organised by a collective of women under the banner of the Nottingham Feminist Action Network, with support from Nottingham Women’s Centre.

The conference will feature high profile speakers, workshop events, networking and a lightning panel which highlights local campaigns and networking opportunities. The speakers include:

  • Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters, who are at the forefront of campaigning against gender related violence
  • Julia Long, Feminist academic and campaigner, and the author of ‘Anti-Porn’.
  • The Co-operative, who offer different models of empowering women and lifting them out of poverty
  • Nordic Model Advocates, who are campaigning for the UK to adopt the Nordic model of prostitution/sex work laws; and SPACE, who are raising the public’s consciousness of the harm of prostitution and are lobbying governments to do something about it.

The conference will be chaired by Finn Mackay, the founder of the London Feminist Network; a Feminist activist and researcher, who is a regular contributor to the BBC and national press.

Workshops include a workshop on the Merseyside Model, a session on victim blaming language and one on women and the cuts, led by Feminist Fightback.

In addition to the event itself, there are approximately 30 fringe events taking place throughout September which support of the ethos of the conference .  To find out more go to:



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Firewalk for Equation

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Are you all close to combusting in this heatwave? Then it’s the perfect time to start thinking about entering Equation’s Sponsored Firewalking Challenge 2013!


Get in touch with fundraising@equation.org.uk if you’d like to take part.


Calling the good and the brave! Do you fancy a fiery challenge?

Learn how to face your fears and do a sponsored march across a bed of hot coals to support our pioneering work against domestic abuse.


On the winter’s evening of Friday, 22nd November 2013, Equation (formerly Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum) is offering the chance for 30 intrepid supporters to do what might be the shortest and most exciting sponsored walk in history, with thanks to Blaze, firewalking experts! Interested? Read on…


What is firewalking?

In simple terms, sponsored individuals, after a motivational training session, walk across 20 feet of wood embers burning at 1236 degrees Fahrenheit, without experiencing any pain or injury at all.


Is it safe?

We have chosen to work with Blaze because of their impeccable professional record; they will get you through the event in complete safety. Blaze have been offering firewalks for over 20 years, their safety checks and procedures are fine-tuned and the team are extremely experienced. Out of all their events, not one person attending a motivational training has refused the opportunity to firewalk.


Why should I do it?

This is an inspirational and barrier-breaking experience for you, while raising money for a fantastic cause. You will feel motivated, empowered, and inspired to face your fears. Given the type of event, donors often offer higher sponsorship than you would get for a normal sponsored walk or sports challenge, so it’s a fantastic way to support Equation.


Do I need to do any preparation?

No! On the evening of the event, you will take part in a motivational psychology fear-busting seminar which will equip you with the resources to walk across the fire bed unharmed.


Great! What do I need to know to sign up?

The minimum age is 14 years. Parental consent is required for 14-17 year olds. There is no upper age limit.

You need to be free on the evening of Friday 22nd November, from approximately 6.00 to 10.00pm.


The Firewalk will be held in a central Nottingham location. The training will be at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, and the event will be followed with a night of music and dancing at the Contemporary Cafébar.


The entry fee is just £25 and we ask that each supporter raise a minimum in sponsorship of £100. Fundraising packs and instructions on how to collect your sponsorship will be provided after registration.

If you’re interested, please email fundraising@equation.org.uk or call 01159 623 237, and we’ll send you an information pack and registration form.

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Easy to Order Resources from Equation

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Equation constantly expands our range of specialist domestic violence resources, which are available for organisations and professionals in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Our current range of resources challenge domestic violence, help victims of domestic abuse access support and services, and supports prevention and intervention work with young people.

We try to make sure that we have the funding to issue as many resources as possible for free, or at an affordable cost for local organisations.

Domestic violence information cards and awareness posters: These vital resources are all still FREE for organisations in the city and county. Collection of the cards is free but, due to current funding constraints, we have introduced new charges for postage from April 2013 – please see the dedicated price list for information:  Support and Awareness Resources Price List

Children and young person’s support booklets: Our range of specialist resources for professionals who work with children and young people are on sale from April 2013 at an introductory price, made fantastically affordable by the kind support of our printers Pyramid Press. You can order a sample pack of all 5 booklets for only £2.95 (collection) or £6.50 (delivery). Further information on pricing is available in the dedicated price list: Children and Young People Resources Price List

If you have any further queries please contact Equation on 0115 9623237/

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Information Session on Legal Aid changes effective from April 01st, 2013

 Legal Aid Changes in Family Law

Legal Aid services changed on the First of April 2013.
Many service users and agencies will be impacted by the changes.

Free Information Session
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Nelsons Solicitors, Pennine House, 8 Stanford Street, Nottingham NG1 7BQ
 9.30 am – 12.30pm.  

 Nelsons Solicitors, in conjunction with Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum, are holding a free half day information session which will be of interest to agencies working with the public such as the Police, Social Workers, Midwives, Health Visitors, Domestic Violence Specialists and Housing Managers.  The information session will cover:

• Who will qualify for Legal Aid?
• What will Legal Aid cover?
• What is Family Mediation?
• Are there any alternative funding options?
• The Local Authority and Legal Aid
• Case Studies

This is an ideal opportunity to find out what the changes will mean for you and to ask any questions.

Note: Legal Aid is still available to those going through divorce and separation, children’s matters such as contact and residence, provided the domestic violence criteria is satisfied.  Cases involving injunctions, forced marriage, child abduction and care proceedings remain eligible for Legal Aid and are unaffected. Legal Aid for Mediation is still available for all children and family law disputes.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

To book your place, please click here

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