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Rising violence against women gives voters stark choice, by Dawn Foster

Take Theresa May at her word: judge the Tory record on housing and cuts to domestic violence services that have left thousands of women more at risk  In 2008, a Conservative MP launched a policy called fair play on equal pay, claiming the party was willing to take action on the gender pay gap if more »

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In the news: Bresha Meadows, Poverty, and FGM

Bresha Meadows, teen who killed allegedly abusive dad, given second chance  via @blackvoices Bresha Meadows, a 15-year-old who fatally shot her father in his sleep last summer, pleaded true to a charge of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, ending a legal ordeal that began over nine months earlier. “This is a good child,” her attorney, Ian more »

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General Election 2017: The importance of tactical voting to end the Tory Government

Our campaign has consistently made the same demands of all political parties at local, regional, mayoral, national and EU elections: ring-fenced funding for specialist domestic and sexual violence and abuse services, predicated on an intersectional understanding of the gendered reality of male violence recognising the specific vulnerabilities of women with insecure immigration status, women living in more »

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The “rape clause” – responses from women’s service providers

5 things you need to know about the ‘family cap’ and ‘rape clause’ via Engender In order to understand the so-called ‘rape clause’, first you need to know about the ‘family cap’. This is part of UK Government changes to social security (known as ‘welfare reform’) that limits child benefit and child tax credits to more »

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In the News – domestic violence bill (Scotland), child benefit #rapeclause & tampon tax

Survivors of domestic abuse have helped to frame much-needed bill by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Scotland) …. Creation of this new offence will bring clarity for victims so they can see explicitly that what their partner or ex-partner has done to them is wrong and perpetrators will see what they are doing is more »

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Tax credit ‘rape clause’ legislation – our stance

Ignoring the very salient facts that austerity cuts, such as the limit on tax credits, will disproportionately impact women and children forcing them into poverty, and the fact that reproductive coercion is a tool used by male perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse, demanding women disclose their experiences of rape to a bureaucrat who has more »

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In the News – on austerity, “revenge porn” and child sexual abuse

As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity | Frances Ryan That “austerity is a feminist issue” is now a well-used idiom does not mean it’s any less true. Look at the latest gender breakdown of cuts released this month and what’s striking is that nothing’s changing. According to Sarah Champion, the shadow equalities more »

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In the News (5.12) – rape culture and racialised misogyny

A long road: domestic violence law in China by Yuan Feng at openDemocracy … Now we face the challenge of making the law work to prevent violence, ensure duty bearers respond and hold perpetrators to account, at the same time as supporting survivors.  The law permits police to issue a warning, provided the violence reaches a more »

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In the News (21.11) – on austerity, Reclaim the Night, White Ribbon campaign & @SistersUncut

Why I Reclaim the Night: Being a Black Woman in Public Space by @ClaireShrugged I’m writing this on the train home. Legs tucked carefully to one side. Eyes down, even when I’m not looking at the notepad, because I don’t want any man to use his entitlement to female attention to translate an incidental glance more »

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Whatever she says, Theresa May has failed victims of domestic violence – Sarah Champion

On Wednesday at PMQs Theresa May claimed that this government has a “very good record on domestic violence”. I’m not certain what record she is referring to, but it’s not one that I recognise. In the United Kingdom, on average, two women are killed by their current partner or a former partner every week. Children lose their mother, more »

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