Fiona Robertson: We've already seen DWP inhumanity towards the disabled, now it's rape victims' turn
Disability activist and writer Fiona Robertson says women and children will likely die as a result of the Rape Clause
BY NOW, most people know about the existence of the Rape Clause: the exception to Westminster’s new two-child limit for child tax credits, allowing for parents to claim for further children if they can prove the child was the product of rape or coercion. It’s an abhorrent piece of bureaucracy.
Coercive behaviour to be tackled with new @scotgov domestic abuse bill
First Minister joins women’s charity to hail the introduction of a new domestic abuse bill addressing coercive behaviour
A NEW BILL that will address psychologically abuse and the use of coercive and controlling behaviour has been published today to the acclaim of women’s advocacy charities.
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met survivors of domestic abuse at Glasgow Young Women’s Movement (YWCA) centre on the same day that the Scottish Government brought forward its new Domestic Abuse Bill to Holyrood.
Angela Crawley MP: “Time to axe the tax for survivors of domestic abuse”
MP for Lanark and Hamilton East launches petition to scrap “cruel” child support charge
“CRUEL AND UNNECESSARY” was how SNP spokesperson for equalities Angela Crawley described the charge on child support payments survivors of domestic abuse are being asked to pay by the UK Government.
16 days of action: Charity to tackle gender violence on campuses
Scottish Women’s Aid challenge colleges and universities to raise their standard in awareness of gender violence
STUDENTS who have experienced gender violence are being urged to seek support from NUS Scotland and Scottish Women's Aid (SWA) who are launching a campaign to increase awareness on campuses.
As part of the United Nation’s 16 days of action, which promotes international activism against gender violence, both organisations hope to prevent sexual crimes but also increase improve the avenues for reporting it.
Explainer: What the Istanbul Convention is and why it matters
CommonSpace breaks down the Istanbul Convention and why MPs and campaigners want your support.
THE scourges of violence against women and domestic abuse are considered serious human rights violations by charities, governments, law enforcement agencies and civil groups.
Support for women to expand after @scotgov boost for anti-violence fund
Dundee and Highlands to see expansion of support for victims of gender-based violence
THE Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) will be expanded after the secretary for justice Michael Matheson confirmed an extra £665,000 will be granted over the next two years.
SWRC is a collaborative project between Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS), the University of Strathclyde and the Legal Services Agency (LSA), which provides advice and support for victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
"We must tackle the justice system": SNP endorses domestic violence bill
SNP confirms its support for government’s new domestic abuse bill
DELEGATES at the SNP conference today (Thursday 13 October) voted "by acclaim" to recognise the diverse nature of domestic abuse and to agree that party policy should mirror First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s programme for government plans, to recognise and make patterns of abusive behaviour punishable by law.
Charity launches Building Equality project to tackle roots of domestic abuse
Women’s groups launch new project to tackle structural barriers for women in employment and the economy
SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID (SWA) have launched a new project called ‘Building Equality’ which will look at the underlining factors of gender inequality which lead to and entrench violence against women.
Funded by the Scottish Government the project will be led and organised by SWA in cooperation with pay equality campaigners Close the Gap and feminist advocates Engender.
Dr Marsha Scott: Phasing out short prison sentences is a good thing - but not for domestic abusers
Responding to a recent article on CommonSpace by Maggie Mellon arguing in favour of alternatives to prison in some cases of domestic abuse, Scottish Women's Aid chief executive Dr Marsha Scott explains why the organisation disagrees
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