|Government news and campaigns
Violence Against Women and Girls: call for evidence – deadline next Friday
As you are aware, the Home Office continues to run a Call for Evidence which is seeking to collect views on crimes considered as violence against women and girls (VAWG). As part of this work, Minister Atkins took part in a Mumsnet webchat responding to questions on VAWG crimes yesterday. There are just 7 days left until the consultation closes on 19th February. Please share the Call for Evidence with your networks and on your social channels.
Ask for ANI codeword scheme and interview with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
The Government launched the Ask for ANI codeword scheme with independent and Boots pharmacies in January. Today, SafeLives published an interview with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who offered her support for the scheme.
Thank you to all those who supported the launch. We have produced downloadable assets including posters and social media images for you to use. So far, help for victims has been accessed more than 20 times at participating pharmacies. We continue to welcome any feedback about how the scheme has been implemented locally. For more information or materials, please email [email protected].
Postcode checker for rapid testing sites and COVID-19 toolkit
A new postcode checker function has been launched to help individuals find their nearest rapid testing site. This is part of the Community Testing Programme and focuses on providing testing for those who can’t work from home. We have also attached the latest Cabinet Office toolkit with further information and social assets on COVID-19, including testing and vaccines.
#SomethingsNotRight, #YouAreNotAlone and Community Safeguarding campaign materials
The Home Office is still running a number of campaigns in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Stakeholder news and campaigns
Respect launches ‘Living a life by permission’ report
This week Respect and Durham University have launched a research report detailing the experiences of 344 male victims of domestic abuse during COVID-19.
SafeLives support and wellbeing offer for frontline practitioners
SafeLives has developed a support and wellbeing offer for frontline DA practitioners in England and Wales, as part of their ‘Staying Safe at Home’ work. The aim of the sessions is to increase morale and resilience for frontline practitioners, which will enable services to remain available.
Women’s Aid launches healthy relationship Expect Respect toolkit
Women’s Aid is launching the Expect Respect Healthy Relationship Toolkit to help children and young people recognise key warning signs of abuse and promote healthy relationships, as part of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty UK’s Abuse is Not Love programme.
The toolkit aims to educate children and young people on the root causes of violence including gender based violence and is free to download. You can also register as an Expect Respect Advocate and receive support, including free training to use the toolkit and a professional network to share best practice.