SNS speaking at webinar: can social workers be activists? 8 Dec

SNS speaking on Mothers & children vs poverty, state power & privatization at webinar on 8 December 6.30pm From Students Decolonising Social Work Dear friends and colleagues, Students Decolonising Social Work, a recently-formed group of student social workers from across the UK passionate about decolonising our practice, invite you to our first online event: ‘Can social workers … Read more

Evidence from Women Against Rape to Ministry of Justice Review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, October 2020

Evidence from Women Against Rape to Ministry of Justice Review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, October 2020 The denial of compensation to victims of sexual offences with criminal convictions is a scandal. Survivors in our network have been denied what should be an unquestionable entitlement for the violent crimes committed against them. We are outraged … Read more

The Guardian view on falling rape prosecutions: women’s rights are regressing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/30/the-guardian-view-on-falling-prosecutions-womens-rights-are-regressing Editorial Progress is being rolled back around the world. Right wing governments are not the only ones to blame. Thu 30 Jul 2020 18.56 BSTLast modified on Fri 31 Jul 2020 04.37 BST We are going backwards. The number of reported rapes that result in convictions has long been alarmingly low. But the state of rape prosecutions in … Read more

Domestic Abuse Bill in Parliament

See our latest short film: STOP the Family Courts aiding and abetting domestic abuse. Made by WAR & Support Not Separation. We are lobbying for the Domestic Abuse Bill to: recognise that domestic abuse victims are mostly women; provide vital resources so women and children can escape; extend all protections and resources to immigrant women … Read more

DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide

DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide By John Pring for Disability News Service The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rejected a coroner’s call to act to prevent benefit claimants taking their own lives, following the suicide … Read more

Police and CPS scrap digital data extraction forms for rape cases

Police and CPS scrap digital data extraction forms for rape cases Exclusive: case of two complainants funded by Equality and Human Rights Commission forces U-turn Alexandra Topping The Guardian Thu 16 Jul 2020   The Crown Prosecution Service and police have been forced to scrap controversial “digital strip searches” of rape complainants, following a legal … Read more

We are facing the ‘decriminalisation of rape’, warns victims’ commissioner

We are facing the ‘decriminalisation of rape’, warns victims’ commissioner Dame Vera Baird says there has been a ‘catastrophic’ decline in rape prosecutions Haroon Siddique The Guardian Tue 14 Jul 2020 00.01 BSTLast modified on Tue 14 Jul 2020 00.09 BST  Dame Vera Baird said complainants were being denied justice. In the year ending March 2017 the CPS prosecuted … Read more

Briefing 4: Report Stage Domestic Abuse Bill

Briefing 4: Report Stage Domestic Abuse Bill From Women Against Rape and Support Not Separation REPORT STAGE DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL, Monday 6 July We daily work with mothers who have suffered domestic violence and are fighting in the family court to protect their children from abusive fathers. Our experiences of sexism, racism, class and other … Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Re government announcement to review the family courts

PRESS RELEASE: Re government announcement to review the family courts Why another review when all the facts are known? Where are the resources for mothers and children? We welcome the government’s announcement that the family courts must do more to protect victims of domestic violence, and that the presumption that a child’s contact with both … Read more