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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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#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: equation.org.uk/about/

#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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16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based Violence Against Women

You may have noticed that at Equation we’ve been getting very excited about an upcoming campaign called #16days. That being the case we wanted to tell you a little more about #16days and tell you why it’s so important to us and our work for everyone to have equal relationships free from abuse.  

What is 16 days? 

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a UN campaign designed to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. 

What is Gender-Based Abuse? 

‘Gender-Based Abuse’ is a term used to describe abuse inflicted by men on women and girls. The term highlights the fact that violence against women is an expression of power inequalities between women and men. 

Why is #16days important? 

This year the campaign comes at a time when recent news has been dominated by allegations of sexual violence against women from all corners of the globe. The coverage inspired thousands of brave women across the world to share their own experiences of sexual abuse using the #MeToo hashtag and left some in disbelief at the scale of the problem. The fact that 1 in 3 women worldwide will be physically or sexually abused is probably now more visible to the wider public than ever before. 

Domestic Violence is the number one form of gender-based abuse. While anyone can experience domestic abuse at the hands of a family member, carer or partner, the majority of survivors of domestic abuse are women who have been abused by a current or former male partner. 1 in 4 women will experience abuse in their lifetimes and in the UK 50% of female homicides are the result of domestic abuse compared to 5% of men’s.  

The causes of domestic violence are complex. However, we know that the men who abuse women in relationships do so because they believe they are entitled to have power and control over their partner. Equation works to prevent domestic abuse by teaching healthy relationship qualities to children and young people, and by educating the whole community to create a zero tolerance for domestic abuse. 

We know that many perpetrators have sexist beliefs that women are inferior in general. These misogynistic beliefs support these men’s decisions to commit abuse. So, if we want to end domestic abuse of women by men, we need to create a society in which women are respected equally and sexist attitudes are not tolerated. 

The campaign is not only a great time to raise awareness of gender-based abuse in all its forms, but to take action against it.  

“How can I take part in #16days?” 

There’s lots going on in Nottingham for 16 days. If you would like to find a local event to attend there’s a handy calendar here you can use to see everything that’s happening. Or, if you would like to do more perhaps you might want to consider fundraising for, or campaigning online with, Equation. All details can be found on our website at equation.org.uk/16days You can also find out more on the UN Women website 


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We’re Hiring A Training Coordinator

Training Coordinator

30 – 37 hours per week Negotiable, Job share will be considered.

Fixed term contract: 12 months. May be extended subject to funding.

Salary: Equation Scale 6-so1; Scale Point 26-31; £22,937- £27,123
(Applicants will normally commence at SP 26, £22,937 and incremental rises are subject to the organisation’s financial capacity.)

This is an exciting opportunity to join Equation, a Nottinghamshire-based, award-winning and innovative charity dedicated to preventing and responding to domestic abuse.

The Training Coordinator will be responsible for developing our work improving professional responses to domestic abuse through coordinating a wide range of high-quality training, seminar and conference provision.

The successful candidate will bring with them a thorough understanding of domestic violence and the sector, will be a strong facilitator and will excel at establishing effective working relationships. The successful candidate will be joining the charity during an exciting period of growth and will be able to play a role in shaping the future direction of the training provision offered.

Applications deadline: 5.00PM, Monday 4th December 2017

Interviews: 14th  December 2017

How to Apply

Please download our application form to complete and return to admin@equation.org.uk
Supporting information can be found in the Job Description, Person Specification and Equation’s Vision Mission and Values

Job Description

Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Training Coordinator Application Form – Please note: No CVs will be accepted

For any assistance or enquiries, please contact Equation’s HR Lead on admin@equation.org.uk/ 0115 9623237

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A Year of Challenging Violence Against Women and Girls 2016-17

From the 25th November (the International Day for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls) and the 10th December (Human Rights Day), groups around the world commit to 16 days of action to end gender-based violence. But work to keep women safe from men’s violence continues all year round. This year, during #16Days, the organisations in Nottingham who provide specialist domestic and sexual violence services look back together on some recent hard-won successes. Here’s what we’ve achieved over the past year that help keep women safer in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.


It’s #NottACompliment: misogyny in Nottingham became a hate crime

Nottinghamshire Police made history in 2016 as the first force in the country to recognize misogyny as a hate crime. The additional category applies to incidents ranging from street harassment to physical intrusions on women’s space. In the first year, 97 incidents were recorded.

This milestone achievement arose from work by Nottingham Women’s Centre and Nottingham Citizens. “Thanks to [Nottinghamshire’s] police force listening to local women’s organisations, women and girls in Nottingham will receive the message that this kind of behaviour isn’t normal or acceptable, that support is available, and that the problem will be taken seriously.” Laura Bates, The Everyday Sexism Project

Find out more: http://www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com/misogyny-hate-crime/


Local women contributed to a national change in legal aid rules

In August 2016, women supported by charity Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) met with representatives from the Ministry of Justice as part of a review of widely criticised rules relating to legal aid for child contact and residence disputes. The review led to a Government announcement in February 2017 to scrap rules which required survivors to show they had experienced abuse within the past five years in order to be granted legal aid.  Polly Neate, (former) Chief Executive Officer at Women’s Aid England wrote a personal letter of thanks to the survivors who attended the meeting. In her letter she wrote “I hope it reassures you to know that your courage was genuinely the deciding factor in achieving change in this case”.

Find out more: http://www.wais.org.uk/news.php?id=9


New services were created for survivors of rape and sexual violence

Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services (formerly Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis) significantly expanded its counselling and other services in 2016, which are now open to anyone who has experienced rape or sexual violence and is aged 13 or over. All clients are now offered a choice of a male or female counsellor, and services are appropriate and safe for all users, including offering services to women in our women-only space.

Find out more: https://nottssvss.org.uk/how-we-can-help/


Scores of women marched together to make Nottingham a safer city

In November 2016, local women, grassroots groups and organisations working to end domestic and sexual violence supported the largest “Reclaim the Night” march in Nottingham’s recent history. 450 women gathered for the vibrant annual march and rally, which demands an end to all forms of men’s violence and harassment against women and girls, and an end to victim-blaming.

“Reclaim the Night sends a message to our leaders that residents and voters care about women’s safety” – Karen Jardine, Notts SVSS Campaigns and Administration Officer

To mark the 40th anniversary of Reclaim the Night, Nottingham’s women will be marching on Saturday 18th November 2017.

Find out more: https://reclaimthenightnottingham.wordpress.com/


Healthy relationships education became available for children of all ages in Nottingham

Children aged 6-11+ in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can now have access to age-appropriate education on how to have healthy, equal relationships thanks to resources developed in 2017 by domestic abuse prevention charity Equation. The GREAT Connections programme offers teachers a detailed lesson plan and set of engaging learning materials, all designed to help primary school children have healthy connections and access support if needed. Taught across 5 days, GREAT Connections addresses relationships with friends, family and promotes self-esteem and gender equality. Equation will be piloting the project in local schools in 2017 and rolling the scheme out in 2018.

Find out more: https://www.equation.org.uk/great-connections/


Nottingham fought back against Child Sexual Exploitation

Nottingham’s expert sex work outreach organisation POW had excellent success engaging with looked-after young people in Nottingham who may be vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The charity’s RAiSE project delivers free early intervention work to prevent CSE and promote positive wellbeing for young people; in the last year, the organisation held 92 intensive one-to-one sessions with young people affected by CSE. As a result of the workshops, “these young people will feel empowered to share their experiences, and feel confident to ask for help in relation to CSE” – Dionne Mundle, POW

More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=YAyCYK_5hgg   


Women in refuge received more support to live free from abuse

Umuada, a twelve-bed women’s refuge, successfully recruited an independent volunteer advocate to help survivors with day-to-day living. Survivors at the refuge now receive support to integrate into the local area, including groups and communities. Umuada’s new worker can now advocates on behalf of the survivors and attends appointments until they feel comfortable to attend on their own.

Umuada has also expanded support women for survivors subject to immigration control. The new support is available for women with no access to public funds, who would ordinarily struggle to access refuge due to their legal status and language barriers. Being able to secure a right to remain in the country and access benefits allows women to move on safely into their own accommodation and live a life free from abuse.

Find out more: https://careandsupport.ncha.org.uk/umuada


A record number of women received domestic abuse support

In 2016-17, a record number of women accessed domestic abuse support provided by Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS). The charity supported 5,080 women, 59 teenage girls and 612 children across Nottingham and South Nottinghamshire. The 24-hour domestic abuse and sexual violence helpline answered 10,371 calls and the Pet’s Project fostered 65 pets. This is the highest number of survivors ever supported by WAIS in a 12 month period.

Find out more: http://www.wais.org.uk/viewpage.php?page_id=2


A new place of safety was opened for women fleeing domestic abuse

In the past year, women in Nottinghamshire gained a new place of safety from domestic abuse. Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) opened Serenity, a new refuge project in Ashfield, which had never before had a refuge service. The six self-contained properties are ideally suited for women with older boy children, or larger families who might not be able to access shared refuge accommodation. During the year, 26 women and 54 children were accommodated and of these, 18 families were helped to move on into new tenancies of their own, free from domestic abuse. The refuge was opened in partnership with Ashfield District Council, and with funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Find out more: http://www.wais.org.uk/viewpage.php?page_id=13


A bold partnership was formed to bring lasting change for survivors

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire became one of three areas in the country to pilot a new model of working with domestic abuse survivors. The City and County is piloting Change that Lasts, developed by Women’s Aid Federation of England in consultation with survivors and member services. It offers an exciting opportunity to pilot a new model of working with survivors and share in local and national learning about how to keep women safe. Informed by survivor and professional feedback and best practice research, Change that Lasts places the survivor and her needs at the heart of its response. Funded by the Big Lottery, the first of the three schemes launches in Autumn 2017.

Find out more: https://1q7dqy2unor827bqjls0c4rn-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Women_s_Aid_Change_that_Lasts_Summary-July_2015.pdf


Ordinary people learned how to help friends experiencing domestic abuse

In 2016-2017, a new campaign in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire helped thousands of people understand how to save their friends from the harm of domestic abuse. For the first time, residents were given tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and to help their friends reach expert support. Domestic abuse prevention charity Equation trialled the #HelpAFriend campaign using attention-grabbing social media and print, and several giveaway events. The aim was to increase the number of women accessing the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline (0808 800 0340), run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services, which receives c.10,000 calls each year.

Find out more: https://www.equation.org.uk/helpafriendcampaign/


Survivors of domestic abuse re-gained a fundamental democratic right

In September 2017 the government announced plans to make it easier for survivors of domestic violence, stalking and harassment to register anonymously on the Electoral Register. This will enable survivors to vote without being traced by perpetrators.

The change came after a sustained national campaign, which received substantial support from Nottingham’s local domestic and sexual violence organisations. Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services (Notts SVSS) hosted a petition, coordinated local feedback, and met the Electoral Commission to discuss concerns along with Women’s Aid Integrated Services and Nottingham Women’s Centre. “We are delighted that survivors will now be able to make their democratic voice heard” Karen Jardine, Notts SVSS Campaigns and Administration Officer

More information: https://nottssvss.org.uk/government-pledges-make-easier-dv-survivors-vote-anonymously/


Community workers learned how to respond to complex cases of domestic abuse

Hundreds of people working on the frontline in Nottingham’s communities were able to learn about how to respond to complex cases of domestic abuse in the past year, thanks to a greatly expanded training programme from domestic abuse prevention charity Equation. 1600 people, ranging from social and children’s workers to housing and police officers, attended new domestic abuse training on girls affected by gangs, multiple perpetrators, vulnerable adults, substance misuse and complex needs, and female genital mutilation (FGM). Training sessions covered identifying risk indicators and pathways to support, improving the response to abuse in the local community.

Find out more: www.equation.org.uk/training


This celebration of successes in Nottingham towards ending male violence against women and girls was written by Nottingham City Domestic and Sexual Violence Campaigns Group. The group brings together Nottingham’s leading organisations working to end domestic and sexual violence, to facilitate joint campaigns. Members include:

Equation, Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services, Nottingham Women’s Centre, POW, Nottingham Community Housing Association, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottingham Trent University Feminist Society


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What is FGM?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. Although the practice of FGM is concentrated in Africa, the Middle East, and some parts of Asia, recent data suggests that FGM is global. In the UK, FGM is known to be practised within communities that might have migrated from countries where FGM is routinely performed on girls and women. Recent research suggests that those most at risk of experiencing FGM in the UK are 3-8 year old girls. As such, FGM is considered an act of child abuse and domestic abuse.

The consequences of FGM can be potentially lethal. For those who survive the procedure, the physical and mental health implications are life-long and range from recurring infections and difficulties during childbirth to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet, a conservative estimate of around 60, 000 girls under the age of 15 years are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, with a further 137, 000 currently living with the consequences of FGM.

Despite FGM being illegal for 32 years in the UK, there have been no successful prosecutions for this act of violence. In order to reverse this trend, the government announced, in 2015, a mandatory duty for professionals in healthcare, social work, and teaching to report cases of FGM to the police. In order increase professionals’ awareness of FGM and increase their confidence to identify risk indicators of FGM, Equation are holding a three hour in-depth seminar on Understanding and Preventing FGM at Notts County FC on the 7th of December.

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