July News Round-up

Domestic Abuse

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23rd July 2019

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Mathew Riley

We scan the press for stories that might be of interest to our social media community. Here are the most read stories from the last couple of weeks:

Job centres to increase support for women experiencing domestic abuse

In an effort to combat domestic violence, every job centre in the UK will soon have a point of contact trained in spotting domestic abuse, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced.

(The Independent)

Why domestic abuse incidents soar in the summer

Domestic violence is a year-round issue across the UK, with about 4.2% of men and 7.9% of women suffering abuse in 2018, according to recent statistics. However, a new report from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) says that reported incidents of domestic abuse increase significantly over the summer months.

(The Week)

Into the Lighthouse: the UK’s first safe space for child sexual abuse victims

Tucked behind a busy north London road, the UK’s first “safe space” for child sexual abuse victims is an oasis of calm. Set over two floors, the building is airy and light. It follows a model known as Barnahus (child house), pioneered in Iceland 20 years ago and then launched in Sweden, Norway, Greenland and Denmark. The system is recognised as international best practice because it’s child-centric and achieves the most effective results.

(The Guardian)

Domestic abuse bill condemned for ignoring ‘gendered nature’ of violence amid austerity cuts

The government’s new domestic abuse bill has been roundly condemned by campaigners for not recognising the “gendered nature” of domestic violence and failing to do address a “raft of cuts” to services.

(The Independent)

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