Splitz invites everyone 'Go Orange' on 25 November in a bid to 'Orange the World'. Celebrating the UN designated day for the 'Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls'.

 “We all need to take responsibility to bring about change and keep our family, friends and communities safe from domestic abuse ~ to make domestic abuse part of our history and not our future”.

Devon Domestic Abuse Services (DDASS), as part of the coordinated '16 Days of Action' campaign held 'Open Days' at specific locations in Devon. The pictures are from the Newton Abbot Open Day held on 9 December at the Change Academy. Pictured are Cllr Mike Ryan, Mayor of Newton Abbot, Jan Brand, Splitz Trustee as well as staff, and colleagues from partner agency 'Victim Care Unit'.

Making Changes is a workshop for women who have experienced domestic abuse in the past or who are currently in an abusive relationship. Whatever your situation, the 'Making Changes' group provides a safe opportunity for women to come to terms with and understand their own experiences*.

TEENZTALK, which is Splitz's intervention programme for 14-16 years old pupils in Wiltshire schools, is powering ahead successfully delivering a 12 week programme tackling major causes of concern on health and wellbeing, specifically healthy relationships and the pressures of todays internet age around cyber bullying and sexting. A recent survey of almost 1200 head teachers paints an increasingly desperate situation.

Stacy Hyde, freed after five years in jail for killing a violent man in self-defence, says she is not the only one who has been failed by the justice system.Stacey Hyde cannot listen to the 999 call that graphically captures the moment she killed a man. It records the violent struggle six years ago when she was attacked by Vincent Francis and fought for her life.

The Wiltshire Times has picked up on our recent award of £10,000 from Awards for All (Big Lottery) to run drama related groups for young people who have experienced domestic abuse.

Oxford’s first Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) was granted on Wednesday. It came after a man was arrested for common assault against his wife, police said. It is the first time Oxfordshire courts and Thames Valley Police have used the order since the powers were introduced in June last year.

A new law on domestic violence that criminalises “coercive control” could exclude women with disabilities, who are particularly vulnerable to such abuse, say campaigners. The new legislation, part of the Serious Crime Bill, will make it illegal for someone to exercise psychological, emotional or financial control over their partner. We welcome the law because we believe coercive control is often a prelude to violence.

Strictly speaking, a Catch-22 is ‘a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule’. For example, losing something is typically a conventional problem; to solve it, one looks for the lost item until one finds it. But if the thing lost is one's glasses, one can't see to look for them - a Catch-22.

PRESS RELEASE

11 October 2016

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week CPS nationally has launched a public consultation and is asking for community views to help shape future policy to improve the response to homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

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