Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

austerity

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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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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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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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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Housing benefit cap may force 67% of women’s refuges to close by Damien Gayle

Two-thirds of women’s refuges in England are facing closure due to a change in the way housing benefit is paid to supported and sheltered housing, according to the national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid. Government plans to cap housing benefit in the social sector at the same levels paid to private landlords risks destroying the finances of the refuges, which more »

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Million Women Rise – #WhyWeRise

We can not attend the Million Women Rise march today but we stand in solidarity with the women marching in Central London. We can end male violence against women and girls within in the UK and globally. This includes state sanctioned violence, such as the so-called ‘austerity’ cuts, discriminatory government policies, poorly trained police, social more »

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Housing benefit is the lifeblood of women’s refuges – and it’s under threat by Sandra Horley

Refuge opened the world’s first women’s refuge in 1971. Women and children flocked to our doors. For the first time somebody was saying to them: “This is not acceptable, and it is not your fault.” Since then we have become the largest single provider of specialist refuge accommodation in the country. Last year 1,500 women and children more »

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