In an installment of our Breaking the Silence series, Madeline Petrillo tells Misha's story of imprisonment, sexual violence and her hopes for a better future.
A new report estimates that one in 20 women in England have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse, reports The Telegraph. The report by Agenda, Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, found that women are twice as likely as men to experience abuse, and that the more extensive the abuse the more likely it is to be experienced by women.
The traumatic personal experiences of criminalised people often go unnoticed. Their experiences are ignored; their needs minimised; their support and treatment an afterthought.
The Children's Commissioner has called for urgent action to improve the prevention and early identification of child sex abuse and the support provided for victims. The report, Protecting children from harm: A critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England and priorities for action, reveals that the vast majority of child sexual abuse (66%) takes place within the family or its trusted circle.
Lauren White highlights the urgent need for well-funded refuges and specialist services and describes the building blocks for a safer society
This essay collection highlights how women facing criminalisation and gender based violence are repeatedly failed by society.
A joint report from the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years. Despite indications that homicide rates decreased by 16% globally between 2000 and 2012, the report states that violence remains widespread.
A new study based on data from the Crime Survey of England and Wales suggests that British Muslims are not as affected by violent crime nor as disapproving of the police as previously thought, reports The Independent.
Last week the Home Secretary, Theresa May, spoke of her dismay over the number of child abusers who have been able to operate in the past, as well as today.
We've done quite a bit of work over recent years on the context within which child abuse flourishes. Here's a quick rundown of the main bits.
The Lancet has released a new series on violence against women and girls. Five papers cover the evidence base for interventions, discuss the vital role of the health sector in care and prevention, show the need for men and women to be involved in effective programmes, provide practical lessons from experience in countries, and present a call for action with five key recommendations and indicators to track progress.