Women Side by Side Peer Support Project

Women Side by Side uses peer support to improve the mental health of women facing disadvantage.     The project is supported by Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.


Women Side by Side aims to improve the wellbeing of women experiencing mental health problems, particularly the most disadvantaged women, by increasing the availability of community-based peer support provided for and by women across England and Wales.

April 25, 2019

Community Engagement and Support Assistant @ Claudia Jones Organisation

Closing Date: 11.30pm Wednesday 15th May 2019 Organisation: Claudia Jones Organisation Website: www.claudiajones.org Description: Are you approachable, confident and an excellent administrator?  Do you enjoy organising activities and events? Are you able to work flexibly as part of a small, busy team?  If the answer is yes, join us in supporting African Caribbean women who have experienced complex and traumatising challenges including structural and gender-based violence, to improve their wellbeing, resilience and connection to their community. Claudia Jones Organisation (CJO) is one of the few African Caribbean Women and Families organisations in London.  Founded in 1982 at the request of [...]


April 25, 2019

UK women find reporting male violence to police ‘traumatic’ – Action Aid poll

A new poll released by ActionAid UK reveals that out of a third of women in the UK who say they – or a woman they know – have reported male violence to the police, less than half (40%) describe the experience as positive. Of those British women who said the experience was negative, 70% said this was because the perpetrator got away with it – with 60% saying the experience was traumatic. 

The research – conducted by YouGov to highlight the charity’s campaign, calling for better access to justice for survivors of violence worldwide – examined women’s experiences of the justice system in the UK, South Africa and India. An estimated 1 in 3 women and girls will experience violence at the hands of a man in their lifetime.[1] Most of this violence goes unreported, with women typically put off by barriers such as a lack of legal support, funds and fear of retribution.

The poll found that on average globally, 37% of women said that they, or a woman they know, have reported male violence to the police – but of those who did, just 43% said they would describe the experience as positive.

In the UK, 60% of women surveyed said they, or the woman they knew, found the experience of reporting to the police to be traumatic. This was more, as a proportion, than in South Africa (51%), and globally (56%).

Proportionally, more women in Britain (70%) than the average of 68% across all three markets said that after the crime was reported, the perpetrator got away with it.

Women also reported mixed experiences with the court system. According to the research, nearly 1 in 5 women surveyed (19%) have either been involved in a court case relating to male violence, or know a woman who has been, where they were the victim.

Overall, just over half of these (51%) said going through court was a positive experience; of those who reported a negative experience, some 63% found the experience traumatic, while 57% felt they were blamed for what happened.

Commenting, Girish Menon – CEO of ActionAid UK – said:

“These findings confirm concerns about a global ‘justice deficit’, where women – in the UK and around the world – find that when they report violence, the justice system ends up working against them. Too many women and girls find the experience traumatic, and feel that they, not the perpetrator, are the one on trial. It’s little wonder that so many women have no faith in the justice system, and don’t report male violence – even though 1 in 3 women and girls will experience it in their lifetime.

“It’s vital that we tackle this crisis head on. ActionAid works with women and girls to ensure that survivors have a voice and can claim their rights, but more needs to be done. Governments around the world must urgently start listening to survivors, and showing women and girls that when they speak up, they will be supported.”

Part of a longer press release at https://www.actionaid.org.uk/latest-news/uk-women-find-reporting-to-police-traumatic-poll

April 24, 2019

Young Women & Girls Empowerment Worker @ OSARCC

Job title: Young Women & Girls Empowerment Worker Closing Date: 5pm, 3rd May 2019 Organisation: Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre Website: www.osarcc.org.uk Description: Are you an inspiring woman with experience of working with girls and young women? We are recruiting an experienced Young Women and Girls Empowerment Worker to help develop OSARCC’s next stage of growth, expanding our Support, Empower, Educate (SEE) services to young women and girls aged 14 – 18, to enable us to increase the reach of our support, education, and preventative work. You will have experience of delivering outcomes based support, and working within [...]


April 24, 2019

Research call: people learning disabilities who have reported sexual assault / rape to the police.

We are researchers from Durham University who are interested in learning about criminal justice responses in Tyneside and Northumberland to people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault. We hope that the data we collect will help us to inform and develop policy and practice to support people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault and to improve their experiences of the criminal justice process.

April 23, 2019