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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.

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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Equation to start Reel Equality Film Club

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Equation are pleased to announce a new campaigns project. Coming soon to Nottingham in 2014 Equation will establish a Reel Equality Film Club, dedicated to improving representation of women in film by promoting and celebrating films that give greater screen-time to women’s voices and stories.

At the very least, films selected must pass the Bechdel Test.http://bechdeltest.com/

As of 5/04/2014, Reel Equality Film Club has a planning committee of 5 *fantastic* people made of staff and volunteers. The first Reel Equality screening is scheduled to take place in summer 2014. Make sure to like us on Facebook for the latest news.

In the meantime, the Committee will be busy setting goals, deciding venues and collaboration possibilities galore and of course picking our brilliant *films*!


Please email reel.equality@gmail.com if you’d like to contribute your thoughts on any of the above – otherwise watch this space for further information!

The club will also aim to go further than the Test and promote diversity on screen more widely, including better representation of people of varying age, race, class, sexuality, ability and circumstance.

If you’d like to get involved in the planning committee for the club, we will be recruiting again later in 2014. Please see Equation’s opportunities page for more information.

Brought to you by Equation, a Nottingham-based charity striving to end domestic abuse and promote healthy, equal relationships.

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Equation is now accepting card payments!

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As of March 2014, Equation is very pleased to be able to accept payments by card for resources and training, using the secure Paypal system.

If you’d like to pay for any of our products or training by card, please let us know when you are ordering/booking.

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Exciting volunteer opportunities available!


Do you have a passion for women’s rights and gender issues, or for ending domestic abuse? Are you interested in marketing, fundraising, campaigns or communication? Then volunteer for Equation! Support our work on domestic abuse prevention and response and against sexism and gender stereotyping.


Do you have a passion for gender equality and women’s rights? Are you a fan of the arts and mad about film? Then volunteer as part of Equation’s exciting new creative project, Reel Equality, to bring a Bechdel Test Film Club to Nottingham!

Find out more information and download an application pack on our vacancies page.


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Reel Equality Live Illustration Event

Tues 11th March 8.30pm *free entry*

An evening of interactive art/film-tastic fun/breaks and beats to promote equal media representation of women.

Come along for an alternative evening of interactive and creative entertainment!

Enjoy a beverage and a boogie in the stylish Broadway cafébar as swift-handed local illustrators create a series of fun/moving/explosive film posters that challenge sexism in visual media.

“You can’t be what you can’t see”

Through creating *live* a series of fun and entertaining film posters that represent women positively, we seek to challenge the idea that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. This message is everywhere and it limits women’s aspirations and self-esteem. We seek to change the way women are represented in the media and recognize women’s ability to contribute to the world.

Stiff Kittens will be playing chilled-out beats, swinging grooves and a sprinkling of soundtrack tunes to entertain your ears while you watch the art unfold.

Illustrators include beers on the corner, • SMALLKID •, Adam Gray and more!

Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460324054188994/

Brought to you by Equation and the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre www.nottingham.ac.uk/hrlc

Supporting Mind the Gender Gap: The Rights of Women Conference https://www.facebook.com/events/768997213126287/

22/03/2014 at the University of Nottingham



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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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