We will be adding resources, news and events on Violence Against Women and Girls on this page.
National domestic violence 24 hour helpline 0808 2000 247 (if you have been abused by your partner or by family member)
There is a brochure Violence and Abuse: What can I do?Â This is a pdf.
From the brochure – here are some organisations listed – Where you can get help for victims or survivors of violence and abuse:
Â England and Wales
National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247
The Free phone 24 hr helpline offers Type Talk and will not show up on your BT Bill.
You can email them and they will answer within three working days:
Double Oppression: Violence Against Disabled Women: A resource pack for practitioners (PDF)
In 2008 The Nia Project received funding from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to run a one-year project focused on disabled women accessing justice. The following information includes resources and information used in developing the project, including links on where to look for more information and a listing of relevant agencies.
Â Domestic Violence – General (this will focus on women survivors and signpost to women-specific Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â and/or gender neutral resources)
Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee Survivors (BAMER)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Survivors (LGBT)
Â Older Survivors
Survivors Identifying with a Particular Faith
Â Survivors and Substance Use
Deaf Hope â€“ Deaf Womenâ€™s Refuge
Text: 07970 350366
Voice/minicom: 020 8772 3241
Fax: 020 8772 3242
My Sisters Place (Teesside)
Tel: 01642 241864
â€“ a refuge for women with learning disabilities (including pregnant
women or women with children) Ilford.
Assessment and Support Team 0208 478 3177
Rape Crisis Scotland
Tel: 0141 331 4180
Tel: 0141 550 7557
Tel: 0131 556 9302
Shakti Womenâ€™s Aid, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 475 2399
Womenâ€™s Aid Federation Northern Ireland
24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 802 1414
To report a disablist hate crime anonymously:
Stop Hate UK: 0800 138 1625
True Vision: http://www.report-it.org.uk/hom
For local organisations led by disabled people
Tel: 0141 420 1759
Â Shaping Our Lives
Tel: 0845 241 0383
National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities
People First Members Groups
Tel: 0207 274 5484
Disability Action, Belfast
Tel: 028 9029 7880
Disability Wales, Caerphilly
Tel: 029 20887325
Fax: 029 20888702
Stay Safe East (London)
Tel: 0208 519 7241
Text: 07587 134 122
Vision Sense (North East and Cumbria)
Tel: 0300 111 0191
Kurdish and Middle Eastern Womenâ€™s Organisation (KMEWO)
020 7263 1027 (Islington)
020 7708 0057 (Southwark)
077 4885 1125 (mobile)
020 7561 9594 (fax)
National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247
London VAWG consortium
Advice and counseling
0808 8025565 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Women and Girl’s Network Advice Hub
Violence against Disabled Women and Girls
The Metropolitan Policeâ€™s dubious record regarding rape victims with psychosocial disabilities
This is mainly a literature review of published reports and news articles which detail the Metropolitan Policeâ€™s failures mainly related to those with pyschosocial disabilities (PSDs)
In terms of the many reports on no-criming or CRIs (Crime Related Incidents), we must bear in mind the Betsy Stanko report as this shows a large percent of these no-crimes were victims with PSDs. Her groundbreaking report can be used as a measure of policing performance/attitudinal factors towards PSDs.
Each time we see reference to no-criming or CRI, we can be quite sure the potential exists that even more female victims who have PSDs been badly let down by the Metropolitan Police.
The research is by no means complete in what is clearly an extremely long list of failures, misdemeanors and acts of misconduct by the Metropolitan Police.
Sexual abuse of disabled adults revealed (from BBC)
The abuse of disabled people is a hidden crime we must face up to (Frances Ryan)
Almost 5,000 disabled adults â€“ across 106 councils â€“ have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, new figures show. As the NSPCC put it, this is the â€śvisible peakâ€ť of what could be a bigger problem of sexual assault against disabled people. People with learning difficulties were the victims of almost two-thirds of reported incidents. The others had a range of physical disabilities. Disabled children are also likely victims.
Women with disabilities excluded from domestic abuse law, say campaigners (Karen McVeigh)
A new law on domestic violence that criminalises â€ścoercive controlâ€ť could exclude women with disabilities, who are particularly vulnerable to such abuse, say campaigners.
The new legislation, part of the Serious Crime Bill, will make it illegal for someone to exercise psychological, emotional or financial control over their partner. The law has been welcomed by womenâ€™s groups, who have long called for coercive control, which they say is often a prelude to violence, to be a crime.
However, a fresh amendment introduced by the government earlier this month will allow a defence for carers who say they believe they are acting in their partnersâ€™ â€śbest interestsâ€ť. A court would then decide if such behaviour was reasonable.
Serious Crime Act 2015
You are here:
2015 c. 9PART 5Domestic abuseSection 76
(8)In proceedings for an offence under this section it is a defence for A to show thatâ€”
(a)in engaging in the behaviour in question, A believed that he or she was acting in Bâ€™s best interests, and
(b)the behaviour was in all the circumstances reasonable.
(9)A is to be taken to have shown the facts mentioned in subsection (8) ifâ€”
(a)sufficient evidence of the facts is adduced to raise an issue with respect to them, and
(b)the contrary is not proved beyond reasonable doubt.