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Equation Receives £9k of Funding to Reach More Male Survivors

Equation have been awarded £9852 of National Lottery funding for a campaign that will encourage local men experiencing domestic abuse to seek support. The charity, which runs the local domestic abuse helpline for men, hopes that the campaign will help break down barriers faced by male survivors which may prevent them accessing support services.

Domestic abuse of men has gained more publicity following global movements relating to the wider issues of domestic and sexual violence, in addition to high-profile media coverage of prosecutions in cases of domestic violence towards men. Despite the increase in publicity, there are still many male survivors who don’t know how or where to seek support.

The helpline’s manager says that “Attitudes about masculinity can lead men to believe that speaking out about domestic abuse will make them appear weak. We want our campaign to challenge those attitudes and better represent men’s experiences to ensure male survivors feel less isolated and more supported in seeking support.”

Anyone can experience domestic abuse and everyone’s experiences are different. According to local statistics, men are more likely to experience domestic abuse from other men and the types of abuse they experience are more often psychological and emotional. However, this does not mean men’s experiences are any less valid. These forms of abuse can cause significant harm and have long-lasting effects on mental health and well-being. Survivors can experience depression, anxiety, substance misuse problems and may complete self-harm or suicide.

As well as running the local service for male survivors, Equation also work to prevent domestic abuse and reduce the harm it causes through educating the whole community. The charity, whose goal is for everyone to have equal relationships free from abuse, has a strong background in campaigning about domestic abuse and gender equality with their award winning campaigns Help A Friend and Reel Equality Film Club. It will be exciting to see how this new campaign can replicate their previous successes.

Men experiencing domestic abuse can access equation’s domestic abuse service for men on 0115 960 5556

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Nottingham’s First RSE day | 28th June 2018

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Earlier this year the Department for Education set out their plans to make Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory in all schools from 2019. Primary schools will need to ensure they offer relationships education to their pupils and secondary schools will be required to deliver both relationships and sex education.  In announcing these plans, the government has acknowledged the benefits of RSE both to children and wider society, particularly with reference to the prevention of domestic abuse. The plans have been received as a welcome development by many, including schools where this education is already being delivered and the positive impact can be seen. Many schools already offer RSE with many doing it well. The new reforms intend to ensure that all children and young people have the same access to a universal provision.

Equation was delighted when Nottingham City announced its first annual RSE day which will take place later this month on the 28th June 2018. This is the first day of its kind and we are looking forward to supporting schools in Nottingham by delivering workshops, providing posters and resources and delivering teacher training. Equation have been delivering domestic abuse awareness and healthy relationship education to young people in schools across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire via our Equate Package for many years and are big believers in the following five outcomes our projects and other good quality RSE can provide.  


1) Increased Understanding of Relationships

RSE is vital in ensuring all young people have the opportunity to explore and learn about healthy relationships. RSE projects allow them to fully understand what relationships are, who they have them with and what the qualities of a healthy relationship look like. If young people have access to well-designed RSE they can begin to explore what relationships mean to them, what they consider to be important in a relationship, and what they themselves can offer in their own existing and future relationships.

2) Heightened Aspirations

Young people accessing relationships education will increase their aspirations for a healthy relationship, and this reduces their vulnerabilities to experiencing an unhealthy relationship. Young people will be able to recognise the warning signs of unhealthy relationships more readily. This is something that can otherwise be difficult for young people, as well as adults who did not receive relationships education. Recognising the signs of an unhealthy relationship is likely to increase their confidence that they deserve better, and encourage them to seek support.

3) Improved Confidence and Self-esteem

Young people are much more likely to have healthy, positive relationships when they have high levels of confidence and self-esteem. Relationships and sex education should not overlook the importance of ensuring young people understand positive coping strategies, know what they can do to make themselves feel good and how to support others to increase their own confidence. If a young person has low self-esteem they might feel that they need to have an intimate relationship to make themselves happy; this can lead to unrealistic expectations of the relationship and the young person may not be as happy as they expected. Encouraging young people to be comfortable with who they are before they begin a relationship can have a positive impact on the relationships of young people. It is important that young people know how to love themselves, know their self-worth and know that they and others deserve to be happy.

4) Better Understanding of Consent

Alongside healthy relationships education, young people also need to be able to access information about sex and consent. This is why Equation delivers sessions to young people on personal space. These sessions allow the young people to explore their rights and responsibilities over their own and other people’s bodies, the complexities of sex and consent and to develop a clear understanding of the legalities of consent. Young people often feed back to Equation after these sessions that they didn’t know about consent before; they want information to make free and informed decisions within relationships.

5) Prevention of Domestic Abuse

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. By understanding more about relationships, young people become better equipped to identify when things are not right and feel more confident and supported in speaking out. RSE education increases the chances a child will know where to go for help and support should they ever need it. Even in instances where domestic abuse is not able to be fully prevented via RSE (for example, if it is already occurring within the child’s home), the harm it can cause can be significantly reduced.


Want to know more about how to get involved in Nottingham’s first RSE day as either a school, parent or organisation? Visit the Equation website for full details.

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Equation is Hiring A Campaigns Coordinator

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Campaigns Coordinator

(Revised July 2018)

Hours: 22.5 hours per week (flexible)

Contract: Fixed Term 12 months, may be extended (subject to funding)

Salary: Equation Scale 6 – SO1, Starting salary £22,937 pro rata 

Equation is a charity whose vision is for everyone to have equal, healthy relationships, in a society free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. As well as work with young people and community professionals, we run award-winning public awareness campaigns in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that help to prevent abuse and promote survivor safety, such as the Reel Equality Film Club and Help A Friend campaigns. We are looking for an exceptional Campaigns Coordinator to join our small and proactive charitable team. Your role will be to design and deliver all of Equation’s social marketing campaigns work using digital tools, print media and events, and oversee the development and distribution of all our awareness resources.

The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator with a flair for writing and an eye for design, adept at both print and digital marketing and motivated by a passion for gender equality and women’s rights. You will be able to juggle targets and priorities calmly, work easily in partnership and also thrive working on both ideas and detail as a one-person band.

Application Deadline: 9.00am, Monday 13th August

Interview: Wednesday 22nd August. (flexibility available if the candidate is on holiday)

Campaigns Coordinator Job Description (Revised July 2018)

Campaigns Coordinator Person Specification (Revised July 2018)

Equation’s Vision, Mission and Values

Application Form

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How to Spot the Signs of a Friend in Trouble

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Good friends are everything. But sometimes our closest friends can be suffering in silence. If you spot any of these warning signs, your friend may be experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship. #HelpAFriend. Learn the signs.


Does your friend’s partner call and text her all the time? Does it ever seem like they’re checking up on her?


Have you noticed you get to see your friend less and less, and that she’s also seeing less of her other friends and family? Maybe she seems to make excuses about why she can’t meet up, or you get the sense that your  friend’s partner is taking over her life.


Does it ever seem like your friend won’t make a decision without checking with her partner first? Does she often seem worried about her partner’s reaction?


Have you noticed that your friend is behaving out of character – e.g. dressing, acting, or speaking differently? Do you think she may ever feel pressured by her partner to look or behave in a certain way?


Does your friend change her behaviour to avoid accusations of cheating from her partner? Does it seem like her partner is often jealous for little reason?


Have you noticed your friend treading on eggshells to avoid rowing with her partner? Have you ever got the sense that your friend is a bit afraid of them?

If you are worried about your friend’s relationship, trust your instincts.

Call the 24-hour free local domestic abuse helpline and find out how you can help her.

0808 800 0340

If you can’t get through, use the answerphone. All messages will be answered.

The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Find out more at

Find out more about the #HelpAFriend Campaign at

#HelpAFriend is kindly funded by Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the Home Office and the People’s Postcode Trust

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Free Domestic Abuse Resources to #HelpAFriend

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As part of Equation’s #HelpAFriend campaign in March, we have two awareness resources available for you to order: a set of posters to help people spot the warning signs of a friend experiencing domestic abuse, and a handy guide to supporting a friend who is in an abusive relationship.

Warning Signs: Posters

This set of 6 bright and attention-grabbing posters shows what domestic abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. Each poster explains one of the less well-known “warning signs” (control, jealousy, manipulation, isolation, pressure, and fear).  The posters direct to the 24-hour helpline as the central point of support for local women survivors and their friends and family. Suitable for all community venues and places of work.

During March 2018, workers and residents in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can each order a FREE set of Warning Signs posters

Warning Signs posters

How to Help A Friend: Booklet

These quick guides are designed for people with friends or family members experiencing domestic abuse. Concise and small (A6) in size, the handy booklets provide simple step-by-step information about how to help in a safe and supportive way. The booklets give guidance to friends and family about what to say and do, and also helpfully include a peel-out Domestic Violence and Abuse Information Card to give to a survivor of domestic abuse. The cards cover essential safety and support information for women in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire.

The general advice in the guide is also relevant for men and people of any gender.

These booklets are useful for anyone living locally wanting to know how to support someone close to them who is being hurt by a partner or ex.

During March 2018, workers and residents in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can order up to 30 How to Help a Friend booklets for FREE (post and packaging costs may apply).

How to Order

Order your resources now using our online order form.

online order form


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Equation launches #HelpAFriend campaign

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This March, Equation is running a bold campaign in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that could help people save their friends from the harm of domestic abuse. For the first time in the City, ordinary residents will be given tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and to help their friends reach expert support.

Equation is running the #HelpAFriend project using an attention-grabbing social media and print campaign, and several promotional giveaway events. We hope the campaign will increase the number of women accessing the local 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline (0808 800 0340), which receives over 10,000 calls each year.

Chloe Cheeseman, Campaigns Coordinator, says: “Many people experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to report what is happening to professional support agencies, which means a huge number of survivors are not receiving any help.

“Their friends and family, who are ordinary people like you and me, can make a huge difference. They are very well-placed to spot the warning signs of abuse, and to help friends or family access support that can keep them safe and well.”

Equation’s innovative campaign shows what abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. By promoting the simple steps involved in responding helpfully to friends or family who are being hurt by a partner, we hope to build the tools and confidence of everyone in the local community to be an upstander against domestic abuse.

If you are worried that your friend is being hurt by her partner, ring the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline to find out how you can help: 0808 800 0340. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services; find out more at

You can also find out more about how to support a friend or family member on our dedicated campaign webpage:

#HelpAFriend is kindly supported by Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the Home Office and the People’s Postcode Trust

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#PressforProgress: Iconic Women Who Shaped the World

From Nottingham to New Zealand, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world every year on 8th March.

This joint push for gender equality is an important reminder that a society that equally respects women, men and all genders is crucial to ending domestic abuse. As we all unite to #PressforProgress (this year’s theme), we’re taking a moment to recognise just some of the women who’ve done the same over the years.

You can also find out how to celebrate International Women’s Day in style with us.

Mary Wollstonecraft (27th April 1759 – 10th September 1797)

An English writer and passionate advocate for women’s educational and societal rights, Mary Wollstonecraft defied social norms from a young age. She left the home of her abusive father to dedicate herself to writing, encouraged and supported her sister to leave her husband and, made plans to live in a mutually supportive environment with her friends (a ‘female-utopia’).

Her seminal work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, argues that women are not naturally inferior to men and that women should have access to education. She is often cited as a huge influence in the feminist movement and as one of the founding feminist philosophers.

Mary Jackson (9th April 1921 – 11th February 2005), Katherine Johnson (26th August 1918 – present day), Dorothy Vaughn (20th September 1910 – 10th November 2008)

These incredible women have recently been immortalised in the record-breaking, Hollywood Blockbuster, Hidden Figures – finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

Fighting sexism and racism, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn, all African-American mathematicians, changed the world in more ways than one when the work they did as ‘human computers’ helped NASA to win the space-race.

Katherine Johnson finished university by the time she was just 18 years old. Her important work made it possible for Alan Sheppard and John Glenn to go to space.

Dorothy Vaughn finished university by the time she was 19 years old. After working as a human computer, she went on to work with the first electronic computers at NASA.

Mary Jackson completed two degrees, in Science and in Mathematics, and went on to work directly with flight test engineers.

Marsha P. Johnson (24th August 1945 – 6th July 1992)

The work – the unpaid labour – that African-American Marsha P. Johnson did in her lifetime to support people with AIDS, as well as young trans, gender non-conforming, and gay street children is beyond inspirational. She opened shelters with friends to provide safety and community, financing them through sex work.

She was constantly involved in activism for equality and specifically gay rights, including a pivotal role at the Stonewall uprising. This led to the first Pride march in New York city and is generally recognised as the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States.

Her importance in fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights has often been obscured in mainstream movements throughout the years, though her influence remains strong.

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (25 October 1900 – 13 April 1978)

Heralded as ‘The Mother of Africa’, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti left a legacy to women in Nigeria to fight for their rights.

An activist, educator, and passionate political campaigner, she was one of the most prominent leaders of her generation and a forerunner of second wave feminism. She also co-founded the Abeokuta Women’s Union – a Nigerian organisation with more than 20,000 grassroots members all fighting for economic equality through price regulation and the abolition of separate taxes for women.


If you’re a woman, take time to reflect and recognise your own personal achievements today – however you define them, on your own terms. If you’re a man, why not take some time today to help the women in your life #PressforProgress towards gender equality and end men’s violence against women? Whatever your gender, even seemingly small acts can change the world for those around us.

Thanks for taking the time to read this – and happy International Women’s Day for the 8th March!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us!

Dedicate some time to you and your friends, with bubbles, a cream tea and live entertainment at our High Tea & Fizz event on 8th March 2018.

You’ll be helping to #PressforProgress by supporting us and our partner, Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Together we can end domestic abuse and achieve gender equality.

Find out more and book now.

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#Vote100: Five Women We Should Celebrate

On February 6th 2018 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parliament passing the law allowing women to vote for the first time.  The organised campaign for women’s suffrage began in 1866 with a petition to Parliament. Then on 6th February 1918, about 8.4 million women gained the vote in the UK through the passing of the Representation of the People Act. This momentous occasion meant that women (albeit only those who met the minimum property requirements and were over the age of 30) were granted the right to vote.

At Equation, we know that achieving gender equality – a society in which men, women and all genders are equally respected and treated – is crucial to ending domestic abuse. So in celebration of the centenary, here are some pioneering female campaigners, lawmakers and politicians who we think have been fundamental to furthering women’s rights in Britain in the last 100 years:

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (11th June 1847- 5th August 1959) We probably wouldn’t be celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage if it weren’t for Millicent Garrett Fawcett. A long-time activist, she began campaigning for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts. These required prostitutes/sex workers to be checked for sexually transmitted diseases and punished if they were found to have any. The Act only set these harsh requirements on women, which Fawcett believed reflected huge sexist double standards. Her hard work paid off when the Act was repealed in 1886.

She led the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) from 1897-1919, which successfully lobbied Parliament for votes for women. The NUWSS campaigned throughout World War One for suffrage, highlighting the vital part women played in the war efforts. This ultimately led to women being ‘rewarded’ with the right to vote.


Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn (6th October 1910- 3rd May 2002) A true heroine of equality in the workplace, Barbara Castle was instrumental in passing the Equal Pay Act (1970) through Parliament. The historic law prevents the discrimination between women and men in terms of the pay and conditions of work. Castle first became involved due to the Ford machinists’ strike in 1968. The sewing machinists at the Dagenham Ford Plant went on strike and demanded equal pay. They lobbied Parliament and, as Secretary of State for Employment, Castle helped resolve the issue. This resulted in the machinists earning 92% of what their male colleagues were paid, instead of 85% before the strike.


Olive Morris (26 June 1952 – 12 July 1979) Probably the least well-known woman in this list, Olive Morris was a grassroots community leader from Brixton. Passionate and daring, she was a member of the Black Panther Movement, and helped set up the Brixton Black Women’s Group, the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent. During her student years in Manchester, she contributed to the formation of Black Women’s Mutual Aid and the Black Women’s Co-op.

Morris died young at just 27  years old. Her work and activism is poorly recorded, as is the case with so many grass-roots histories – especially those of women, people of colour, those disenfranchised and people living in poverty. However, she is one of many women who should be remembered for her contribution to improving the lives of ordinary women in Britain. Until her death, she worked tirelessly on anti-racist campaigns and mobilised the local communities in Brixton and Manchester to create a force for racial justice in the 1960s and 70s.


Marie Stopes (15th October 1880- 2nd October 1958) A pioneer in women’s sexual health, Marie Stopes published several pamphlets on sex and contraception and strove to make the topic of birth control less taboo in 1920s and 30s Britain. She opened the country’s first family planning clinic in 1921. The clinic offered free advice to married women, and by 1930 several other clinics around the country joined Stopes to form the National Birth Control Council, now known as the Family Planning Clinic.


Marai Larasi (July 1969- present) Ms. Larasi is a black and ethnic minority (BME) women’s campaigner who serves as Executive Director of Imkaan, which is the organisation dedicated to tackling violence against BME women. She also co-chairs the End Violence Against Women Coalition and has devoted her life to campaigning to end the violence and suffering of BME women and girls. She is closely involved with United Nations efforts to end violence against women. In recognition of her hard work, Larasi was recognised as one of the most influential LGBT individuals by the World Pride Power List in 2013.

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first women gaining suffrage, we should also take time to recognise the achievements by countless women activists since. Whether in the realm of politics, law, sexual health or prevention of violence against women, our list highlights just a fraction of the women out there who have achieved so much towards greater gender equality, and which we can be thankful for today.

Even now, 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Let’s celebrate how far we have come in advancing women’s rights and protection from violence in the past 100 years, and remember that there is still much more to be done.

To find out more about Equation and our work against domestic violence and abuse, visit:

#Suffrage100 #Vote100 #StillMarching

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Join Equation to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Are you doing anything to mark International Women’s Day on the 8th March? Why not grab some of your best female friends and join Equation for a fun-filled evening celebrating women?

High Tea and Fizz to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Thursday 8th March 2018 | 5.00 – 7.30pm | £25.00 | St James Hotel, Nottingham

“We have a lot of work to do. But we can get there if we work together”  – Beyoncé

Enjoy a fun evening of fizz and high tea to celebrate the power of women to #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day 2018.

You’ll be treated to bubbles on arrival at the stylish boutique St James Hotel in Nottingham City Centre, followed by a delicious cream tea and live entertainment.

Enjoy this relaxed and informal event to support Equation and Women’s Aid Integrated Services, leading charities working to prevent and reduce the harm of domestic violence and abuse in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

To find out more and book, check out the fundraising event page.

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Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment Checklist (DASH RIC)

Are you using the most up-to-date DASH RIC form to risk assess survivors of domestic abuse?

The Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and ‘Honour’-based violence Risk Indicator Checklist (DASH RIC) form should be used by all non-police workers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who receive a disclosure of domestic abuse.

The form allows you to better assess risk and make an appropriate referral for support, including to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

In December 2017, a new version of the form was released along with an updated referral process and helpful how-to guides.

Check out Equations’s Best Practice Library for the latest documents.

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