News story: Children affected by domestic abuse to benefit from £8 million fund

first_imgThrough the Violence Against Woman and Girls (VAWG) service transformation fund the Home Office has already funded programmes aimed at supporting children affected by domestic abuse.This has included a project in Cambridge, which provides long-term support for young victims and survivors of VAWG and young perpetrators, and a scheme in Southwark, where youngsters who have not engaged with existing support services are given bespoke support.The fund comes as the government continues to work towards publishing its draft Domestic Abuse Bill following the domestic abuse public consultation earlier this year, which received more than 3,200 responses. This world-leading piece of legislation will create stronger powers to intervene early to stop abuse occurring, pursue perpetrators, and protect and support victims and survivors.Measures included in the consultation include: It is heart-breaking to think that all too often children are unwittingly caught up in the effects of domestic abuse and for some, the mental scars of such early exposure will significantly impact on their lives. However, we can intervene early to give these young people a lifeline and organisations are already providing services, which this government will help support through the fund we are opening today. This government is absolutely committed to tackling these appalling crimes and is determined that no one should suffer at the hands of the people closest to them. The fund gives charities, local authorities and other organisations the chance to bid for money for projects designed to intervene early to help children who have been directly or indirectly affected by domestic abuse.Domestic abuse ruins the lives of its victims with more than 2 million people subjected to this terrible crime each year. However, NSPCC statistics show that as many as 1 in 5 children in the UK are also witness to or exposed to this horrible crime during childhood.This could be through being exposed to domestic abuse in the family home, experiencing domestic abuse in their own intimate partner relationships or demonstrating harmful behaviours to those closest to them. Some 25% of girls and 18% of boys aged 13 to 17 have reported having experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner.Those children affected by domestic abuse in their early years are 4 times more likely to go on and experience or perpetrate domestic abuse later in life. Further studies have also concluded that children affected by domestic abuse are at greater risk of falling into substance abuse, juvenile pregnancy and criminal behaviour than those raised in homes without violence.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: The multi-million pound boost comes from a £20 million investment designated specifically to help transform the lives of victims of domestic abuse set aside in the Budget and it is part of our wider work to tackle violence against women and children.The government will assess the applications before informing successful groups in the autumn. Applications will be open until 19 September.The NSPCC have championed greater support for children affected by domestic abuse. The charity’s Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) service supports mothers and children who have experienced domestic abuse, through group work and activities together. The NSPCC deliver the programme in 3 areas and have also trained 15 other organisations who provide the service in their areas.Almudena Lara, NSPCC Head of Policy, said: The NSPCC receives thousands of contacts every year about frightened children living with domestic abuse across the country, and we know that it can cause serious harm to children’s emotional and physical wellbeing. We want all children, and their parents, who have suffered domestic abuse to have access to the right services to help keep them safe and recover from these traumatic experiences. new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to allow police and courts to act earlier and more effectively when abuse is suspected – these could include compulsory alcohol treatment, attending a programme to address perpetrators’ underlying attitudes or addictions, and using electronic tagging to monitor them the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse recognising the many kinds of abuse suffered(psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional) – this will help to improve understanding among front-line professionals, law enforcement officers and prosecutors the creation of a domestic abuse commissioner to stand up for victims, monitor the provision of domestic abuse services and hold the government to account The consultation also includes further proposals, for example, to put a new statutory aggravating factor in law, similar to those already in place for hate crimes. This would mean courts would have to consider tougher sentences up to the maximum penalty available, especially when children are involved.You can read more information on how to apply for the fund.last_img read more

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Widespread flooding across West Java leaves thousands of homes inundated

first_img“There are a total of 2,819 evacuees [in Subang],” Budi told The Jakarta Post via text message on Tuesday.BPBD acting head Hidayat said local floodgates proved unable to contain the large water volume due to the heavy rain.He said the local administration should consider implementing an early warning system to mitigate the impact of flooding across the region.“If it keeps raining, we must raise the warning level. We need to keep observing the situation as it develops,” Hidayat said. Thousands of houses and public facilities across Bekasi, Karawang, and Subang regencies in West Java were left flooded following a period of intense rain over the last two days.West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) operations manager Budi Budiman said the widespread flooding was the result of constant rain that caused a number of rivers across the regencies to overflow.In Subang, floodwaters reached up to 100 centimeters, inundating six districts, including 7 hectares of farmland and 3,435 houses. The agency also recorded 20-to 200-cm flooding in 12 districts across Bekasi regency, as well as in 10 districts across Bekasi city in the same period.“There are 3,239 affected families,” Budi said.Meanwhile, eight districts in Karawang regency were left inundated after the nearby Cidawolong River overflowed due to the constant rain.“At least 5,527 houses were inundated, with 18,398 affected residents. There are thousands of evacuees already, we will keep updating the data,” Budi said.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency previously warned of heavy rain that would continue in Greater Jakarta throughout Tuesday. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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EGBA warns Germany not to follow the Niedersachsen ‘blocking order’

first_img Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Maarten Haijer – EGBABrussels-based online gambling trade body, The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), has warned Germany against implementing the payment processing blocking order sanctioned by the regional ministry of Lower Saxony.Last week, Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s minister for home affairs and sports, ordered a cease-and-desist order against a “large, international payment service provider from participating in payment transactions in connection with illegal gambling in Germany”.The Niedersachsen government seeks to implement its payment blocking order across Germany, restricting the markets active incumbents to offering sports betting services only, complying with the transitional mandate of Germany’s State Treaty on Gambling.The EGBA warns German regulatory stakeholders that ‘payment blocking’ should hold no part in German gambling’s re-regulation.Maarten Haijer, EBGA Secretary-General, details that a ‘more fundamental rethink is needed’ to develop an effective regulatory framework and bring the country’s gambling policies into the 21st century.“Restrictive or prohibitive measures, such as payment blocking measures, are an attempt to create artificial walls around online markets and can be ineffective and detrimental to player protection,” he said.“That’s because online gambling is, like any other online consumer market, consumer-driven and players can easily search around the internet for alternative products, brands or the payment means they prefer.“Trying to limit the options available to players will not change this reality and – by restricting their choices – might be counterproductive because it will push players towards unlicensed or unregulated websites, where they might be exposed to inadequate consumer protections and chances of redress.“To remedy this, the German authorities should establish an attractive and modern online gambling regulation which acknowledges that many Germans play online casino games and ensures they – and all other players – can play within a safe and regulated environment.” Share Submit Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020last_img read more

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