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December 2016

We are proud to announce that in August 2016 we were awarded a second quality assurance certificate

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Tuesday 28th July 2015

We are proud to announce we have been awarded the

Women’s Aid National Quality Standards Award

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With thanks to our dedicated team at FCWA

Touring November 2015

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We are pleased to announce the return of Chelsea’s Choice AlterEgo Creative Solutions theatre production to the Fylde Coast with the support of Sorotimist blackpool and district
After the amazing success across high schools in Fylde & Wyre at the beginning of the year we are excited to be giving Blackpool young people this much needed awareness raising opportunity.
Keep tuned for updates.

FCWA are supporting National Stalking Awareness Week 2015 which starts today

 Monday 20th April 2015

FCWA are delighted to announce that we have secured 3 year funding for a stalking and harassment project, which has been funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The funding will ensure that victims of stalking across the Fylde coast are provided with much needed specialist support.

 

The service will be launched in the near future.

 

Please follow us on facebook & twitter for further information

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End Abuse End Exploitation

Thursday 26th March 2015
Yesterday we celebrated our services at our annual event.  We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the End Abuse Conference yesterday. We all had a fantastic day and are really proud to be part of FCWA from reading everyone’s feedback, comments and evaluations. A special thank you to the inspirational Penny Justice For Jane Clough , Rachel Horman, the AWAKEN Team and Alter Ego for performing what i’m sure you will all agree was a powerful performance around CSE. Everyday we work towards keeping women, men and children free from abuse.
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New definition of domestic violence

Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012

Victims of domestic violence and abuse aged 16 and 17 will be recognised under a new cross-government definition announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today.

The definition of domestic violence will now include young people under 18 and is the latest action by the government to tackle violence against women and girls.

A change to the official definition of domestic violence used across government will aim to increase awareness that young people in this age-group do experience domestic violence and abuse. This follows on from the Government’s successful Teenage Relationship Abuse Campaign and is backed up by the British Crime Survey 2009/10 which found that 16-19-year-olds were the group most likely to suffer abuse from a partner.

NSPCC Young People’s panel

Other measures include:

  • the inclusion of coercive control – a systematic pattern of abuse and control – in the definition of domestic violence
  • and the creation of a new NSPCC young people’s panel, set up to help inform the government’s work on tackling domestic violence, particularly by and against young people

A Young People’s panel set up by the NSPCC was also launched today. It will help to inform the government’s ongoing work to tackle domestic violence.

Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention Jeremy Browne said: ‘It is vital that victims themselves, and those supporting them, are clear what constitutes abuse so they seek the support they need early on and don’t suffer in silence. ‘By engaging young people in the decisions that affect them we will improve the services being delivered and ensure communities are working together to challenge and tackle this dreadful form of abuse.’

Bail Legislation & Guidance for Prosecutors May 2012

Changes to bail legislation and new guidance for prosecutors were introduced to provide more support to victims going through the court process. The changes are the result of tireless campaigning by the parents of Jane Clough, a Lancashire nurse who was murdered by her ex-partner while he was awaiting trial for raping her. Jonathan Vass was given a life sentence after stabbing Jane 71 times as she arrived at work. As a direct result of Jane’s case and her parents’ campaigning work, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which became law on 1 May 2012, now gives prosecutors the right to challenge a Crown Court judge’s decision to grant a defendant bail if they are seen to be a threat. This new guidance which recommended that in cases where rape charges are linked to a subsequent murder, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) should persist with the rape charges even if no extra penalty can be imposed. Previously, rape charges in murder cases were often ‘left to lie on file’, which meant that there was neither an acquittal nor a conviction. The guidance has also recommended that families are involved in the decision to prosecute rape charges in murder cases. This should enable family members to discuss any issues, implications and views for this to be taken into consideration prior to any decision making by the Crown Prosecution Service.

 Stalking law

In November 2012 amendments were made to the Protection from Harassment Act (1997) making stalking a specific offence in England and Wales for the first time. Until now abusers were often charged with the less serious offence of harassment. This resulted in more lenient sentences of 12 months or less in prison, and many being granted community orders.

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During 2012/2013 there were 30,187 domestic abuse calls to the police, an increase from 29,527 calls the previous year.

  • 26.5% of these incidents were crimes
  • 70% of incident involved assaults
  • 10% involved criminal damage
  • 10% were due to harassment

On average, 80 – 85 incidents are reported to Lancashire Police every day.

This equates to 1 call every 17 minutes. However, according to the British Crime Survey, only 40% of domestic violence is reported to the Police, so this represents a small number of those affected.

In 2012/13 across Lancashire there were 5123 referrals to IDVA services of which 29% of this number were repeat clients. 2399 of these referrals were assessed as high risk cases and were reviewed by MARACs across the county.

There were 15743 children in Lancashire, who lived in households where the police were called to a domestic abuse incident. 11375 of these children were referred to Lancashire County Council’s Care Connect Team for domestic abuse related issues.

The Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted 4574 people for domestic abuse related crimes. 77% of these cases were successful. The number of successful prosecutions is higher than last year and higher than the national average success rate, which is 73%.