DAily Alliance- 29 May, 2020


The DAily Alliance

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Children witnessing domestic abuse can still be supported at school during COVID-19
Schools in Cumbria will still be provided with early reporting on children in their care who have witnessed domestic abuse to assist in the protection of a vulnerable child or young person during COVID-19. Operation Encompass is an initiative designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours and might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. During COVID-19, any reports given to the Police on domestic abuse and children are being shared with the schools safeguarding teams. Once received the safeguarding team make contact and personal visits to any vulnerable children they are made aware of.
-Cumbria Crack

Internet access helps victims of domestic abuse
FIFE Women’s Aid has secured internet access for its 41 refuges so women and their families fleeing domestic abuse can stay connected during lockdown. The move, part of a partnership with Fife Council and St Andrews University’s Lumsden Club, follows a surge in calls for help during the coronavirus pandemic. It means 41 women and 39 children can connect to the internet and maintain contact with family, friends and their community, while youngsters can also access schoolwork. Kate McCormack, manager at Fife Women’s Aid, said: “We are eternally grateful to everyone involved in making this substantial project a reality.
-Dunfermline Press

Domestic abuse commissioner ‘essential’, says Women’s Aid
A domestic abuse commissioner is essential to hold Government to account, a campaigner in Northern Ireland has said. Justice Minister Naomi Long has previously ruled this out and argued the money would be better spent directly helping support groups. She is piloting draft legislation through the Stormont Assembly. But Sonya McMullan from Women’s Aid said other parts of the UK had benefited from having a dedicated commissioner during the coronavirus pandemic.
-Irish News

Government grant available for groups supporting victims of domestic or sexual abuse
Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, has successfully secured the opportunity to bid for additional funding from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to specifically support organisations that work locally with victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Submissions made to Government demonstrating the need for additional resources to support victims of domestic and sexual abuse have resulted in funding being set aside by the MOJ for service providers to apply for through their Police and Crime Commissioner.
-On The Wight

Men must play their part in stopping violence against women – Davy Thompson
The increase in domestic violence during the lockdown is a matter of grave concern. The Betting and Gaming Council has worked with White Ribbon Scotland – a charity which seeks to raise awareness about gender-based violence – for a number of years and our betting shop employees have been hugely supportive of the charity. With that in mind, the BGC has decided to donate its latest Friends of the Scotsman article to help promote the important work of White Ribbon Scotland. White Ribbon Scotland, like all organisations which run campaigns, relies on associations with others to circulate our message. We are grateful to our friends at the Betting and Gaming Council for the opportunity to present this piece.
-The Scotsman




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