Safe Issue 39 - Autumn 2011
Rural isolation and violence against women: a European transnational analysis
Last year Staffordshire Women’s Aid was given the opportunity to explore the issues of risk and exclusion for rural victims of violence against women through a European multi-national project, with partners in Spain and Slovakia. Here Dickie Chester-James reports on the the first year of research, which aimed to deepen understanding of violence against women in rural areas with a transnational analysis in three separate locations.
Money advice for survivors of domestic violence: an initial analysis of the DAME project
In 2010 Women’s Aid and Money Advice Plus Services launched a pilot project offering telephone-based advice to survivors of domestic abuse who have related financial difficulties. As part of the project Women’s Aid is undertaking action-based research on the financial needs of survivors, and here Dr Jackie Barron shares the initial findings at the halfway stage.
Improving engagement between MARACs and the drug and alcohol sector
In this article Shannon Harvey (AVA) and James Rowlands (CAADA) introduce a joint project to increase the London substance misuse sector's engagement with the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process. Key findings and recommendations include the need for improved communication between MARACs and drug/alcohol agencies, and the need for more coordinated responses between the domestic violence and substance misuse sectors.
The case against reforming legal aid
At the time of going to print legal aid is on the cusp of radical and devastating reform. Young Legal Aid Lawyers is a group of lawyers who are committed to practising in those areas of law, both criminal and civil, that have traditionally been publicly funded. Lending its support to campaigns to save access to justice for those who need it most, one of its members, Camilla Graham Wood, explains the pressures on legal aid, the potential effects of the reforms and the driving forces behind the campaign.
Child maintenance: financial support for victims of domestic abuse
Agreeing a child maintenance arrangement can be a difficult - and dangerous - process for victims of domestic violence. Historically, negative perceptions of the Child Support Agency have put many women off pursuing maintenance, but the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) is keen to support everyone regardless of circumstance in pursuing this rightful claim. In this article the Chair of CMEC Dame Janet Parakseva explains how they have been working to address the needs of victims of domestic violence.
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