Devolution and women’s disadvantage: Tackling women and girl’s multiple disadvantage at a regional level
This briefing builds on the findings of Breaking Down The Barriers: The Final Report of The Commission Into Women’s Domestic And Sexual Violence And Multiple Disadvantage.
This report identified the need for gender and trauma-informed responses that understand the interconnected experiences women face when seeking help for violence and abuse, mental ill health, substance use, homelessness and motherhood.
Following this publication, Agenda and AVA worked with Greater Manchester Combined Authority officials, women’s sector organisations and women with lived experience in Greater Manchester (GM) to understand how the Commission’s recommendations could be achieved across the region. This work has informed the recommendations for change at the regional level set out in this briefing.
This work has been funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales.
Good Practice Briefing of AVA’s “Race, Trauma and VAWG” Webinar
This good practice briefing is part of the Ascent Project, a partnership project within the London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium.
This briefing highlights the necessity of trauma-informed approaches to supporting Black and minoristised women and girl survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. The recommendations in this brief come from the webinar, Race, Trauma, and VAWG, that AVA held on the 8th December 2020. This briefing builds on the insights, key themes and recommendations discussed during this webinar by the expert speakers and provides a resource to services wanting to improve their support of Black and minoritised survivors.
It is important to note that, as a mainstream VAWG organisation, we do not claim to inaugurate good practice, but instead refer to the practices and information from specialist BME organisations, like those represented by the speakers at this webinar. We do so while committing ourselves to upholding their important recommendations and making ourselves accountable to doing so.
We thank the tireless work of Black and minoritised women in the VAWG sector who continually push for better support for Black and minoritised women and girls experiencing domestic and sexual abuse. At AVA, we pledge to work harder to centre anti-racism in our work to end gender-based violence - we can and must do more to support both BME organisations and survivors. The webinar, and this following brief, are crucial steps in our journey at AVA in committing to this work.
The Government has the opportunity to make the Domestic Abuse Bill truly transformational and to enshrine protection for all survivors, regardless of their immigration status. These powerful testimonies illustrate the multiple barriers migrant women face when escaping violence and the urgency to ensure migrant women are protected from domestic abuse.
This document was created by Step Up Migrant Women UK, Latin American Women's Right Service, Southall Black Sisters, The Angelou Centre, Latin American Women's Aid, Hillingdon Women's Aid and Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation.
Domestic Abuse During Covid-19: Guidance for Mental Health Practitioners
We have published a new resource for mental health practitioners to support professionals' responses to domestic abuse during COVID-19. This resource provides practical information and advice for practitioners to adapt practice in the light of COVID-19, including top tips for safe enquiry, safety planning and referring.
The Feasbility of Delivering a Trauma-specific Intervention to Women in a UK Substance Misuse Service
This briefing summarises the PhD study of Dr Karen Bailey, which evaluated the feasibility of delivering an international trauma-specific intervention (Seeking Safety) within a UK community based substance misuse service.