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Contributing to Ipsos MORI Research

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Thank you very much to the 5 HOMETRUTHS' Service Users who recently met with a researcher from Ipsos MORI - www.ipsos-mori.com

We are really pleased to be able to support national research and very proud of the service users who shared their thoughts and experiences and contributed towards creating change across the country for other survivors of domestic abuse.

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Thank You Intel, Swindon for Donating over £300

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A HUGE THANK YOU to the charity fundraising team at Intel who have made a donation of over £300 to HOMETRUTHS.

We really appreciate your support and without funding we would not be able to provide domestic abuse services in Swindon and Wiltshire.

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Service User Bravely Speaking out on Radio 4 Woman's Hour

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Jenni Murray presenter of Radio 4's Woman's Hour, is discussing whether Juries should be briefed about rape and sexual violence myths at the beginning of trials for sexual offences.

We are very proud to hear one of our service users bravely talking about her experience of giving evidence in a Crown Court trial against her ex-husband. 

Listen again to hear both sides of the debate.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qlvb

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Swindon FREEDOM PROGRAMME starting in Jan 2015

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The Swindon FREEDOM PROGRAMME is starting again this month.

It is a 12 week programme and support group for women aged 16+ who are or have experienced domestic violence and abuse from partners or ex-partners.  It is free to attend and a free creche is available for children under school age.

Women living in Swindon and surrounding areas are very welcome to attend and can come along at any time throughout the programme.

If you are interested in coming please either text or phone us 07999 494726 / 01793 617589 or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will give you a call to talk through where and when and what to expect!

The Swindon FREEDOM PROGRAMME has been running for over 7 years by Kim and Mary who are specialist domestic violence workers.

Here is some of the feedback from the last group:

"This group has benefited me alot and made me stronger.  Its nice to feel that I am not alone and nice to speak to people in the same situation."

"I was very distressed and in a crisis situation when I joined the group.  Now, I am more aware and empowered to manage myself and my children and how to protect myself and my kids."

"Before I was crying all the time in the group and felt worthless with no confidence.  But now I am not with my husband and he is not allowed near me or my children.  I would not have the strength without the Freedom Programme so i thank them with all my heart."

 

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Thank you Zurich for a Brilliant Christmas Party!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Zurich Swindon, who helped us with a Christmas party for the children of some of our service users.  Over 50 women and children got together for party games, a buffet, a visit from Father Christmas and a trip to the panto.

Everyone had an amazing time and a massive thank you to Jo, Gill and Aaron from Zurich who all helped out together with some HOMETRUTHS Volunteers.  It was a really good day and helped make Christmas very special.

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New Law of Domestic Abuse to be Introduced

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A new offence of domestic abuse to include "coercive and controlling behaviour" has been announced by Home Secretary Theresa May MP.

The maximum penalty for the new offence in England and Wales will be 5 years in prison and a fine.

There will be no statutory time limit on offences meaning historical incidents can be taken into account by Police and Prosecutors.

According to national statistics currently only 6.5% of domestic violence incidents reported to the Police result in a conviction in court, hopefully this new law should make it easier to achieve convictions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30532087

 

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We are mentioned in this week's OK! Magazine

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Look out for a mention about HOMETRUTHS in Sian Welby's new column in this week's OK! Magazine.

Thank you for raising awarness of domestic abuse Sian and for mentioning us!

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Vote for HOMETRUTHS with Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund.

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Please vote for HOMETRUTHS at the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund 2014 page: http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/galaxyfund2014/profiles/hometruths

We could win £300 towards the Freedom Programme.

Voting is open until 23rd February 2015.

We really appreciate your support - please vote and share!

Thank you.

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Listen to SERIAL weekly podcast

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Listen to the weekly podcast SERIAL investigating the murder of 19 year old Hae Min Lee in 1999. 

She was a high school girl from Baltimore County and her 17 year old ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was arrested and convicted to life in prison.

He says he is innocent.

Follow SERIAL's creator, journalist Sarah Koenig as she investigates:

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/1/the-alibi

 

 

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Calne Freedom Programme January 2015

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We are really pleased to be able to provide the Freedom Programme in Calne, Wiltshire starting in January 2015.  We will be working in partnership with leading national children's charity Barnardos (www.barnardos.org.uk)

The Freedom Programme is a self-help and support group for any woman aged 16+ who is or has experienced domestic violence and abuse from a current or ex male partner. 

Women living in Calne, Hilmarton, Cherhill, Studley, Bremhill, Heddington, Stockley, Compton Bassett and Yatesbury are very welcome to attend, as are any women living in North Wiltshire who are able to make it to Calne.

A free creche will be available for anyone with children under school age.

If you would like to find out more or book a place please contact either Georgina on 01249 823247 or ring or text us on 07999 494723 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you in January.

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Domestic Violence Victims Have to face their Abusers in Family Court due to Legal Aid Cuts

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Family Law Specialists are warning that more and more victims of domestic abuse are having to face their abuser in the Family Court due to the cuts in Legal Aid that mean many people are having to represent themselves.

In the following article in the Independent, Emma Pearmaine syas she has experienced twice as many victims being cross-examined and questioned by their ex-partner since 2013.

The Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Commission established an Exceptional Case Fund which is supposed to help people such as domestic abuse victims get access to free lawyers but from April-December 2013 only EIGHT applications were granted out of 617 applications: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/victims-of-domestic-violence-forced-to-face-abusers-in-court-ordeal-9774958.html

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Jo Helps Raise Awareness of Domestic Abuse

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Jo speaks to the Swindon Advertiser about her experiences of domestic abuse to help raise awareness for other people in her situation: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11492364.Dragged_by_my_hair__headbutted__kicked____life_by_my_husband/

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Jo's Home Run!

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Support Jo on 25th October 2014

Jo describes herself as someone who never has and thought she never would (!) be running any races, so her challenge will be doubly brave when she runs the Oxford Run or Dye on 25th October.

We cannot thank Jo enough for her support and determination to complete the run and raise funds for HOMETRUTHS and survivors of domestic abuse.

Please support Jo by making a donation on her fundraising page: localgiving.com/joshomerun

Good luck Jo, we know you can do it!

 

 

 

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Bombay Lounge Fundraising Evening 13th October 2014

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Come Along to The Bombay Lounge for a Curry & Help Raise Funds for HOMETRUTHS!

Join us on the evening of Monday 13th October at The Bombay Lounge in Peatmoor, Swindon bring your family and friends for a great night out and raise funds for HOMETRUTHS.

Proceeds from table bookings, takeaway orders and home deliveries throughout the evening will be donated to helping survivors of domestic abuse in Swindon.

The more orders taken through the evening the more money will be raised!

Ring and book a table now: 01793 887799

Visit the Bombay Lounge website: www.bombaylounge.co.uk

If you would like to join us at our table then get in touch.  There will be a raffle with some excellent prizes, if you would like to donate further items to the raffle please let us know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you!

Bombay Lounge Restaurant, Roughmoor Village Centre, Peatmoor, Swindon, SN5 5DJ.

 

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Thank you cf10ten for updating our website!

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A massive thank you to Chris at cf10ten for updating our website!  it's great to be back online. 

www.cf10ten.org.uk for all your media needs.

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HOMETRUTHS Domestic Abuse Conference May 22nd 2014

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HOMETRUTHS CONFERENCE 2014

May 22nd - Womb To Womanhood

We are really pleased to be hosting our second domestic abuse focused conference on May 22nd this year.

Womb To Womanhood will bring together national speakers:

Emma Scott - Director of Rights of Women, Karen Meager - Co-Founder of Monkey Puzzle Consultancy, Dr Emma Williamson - Researcher at Bristol University and Deana Puccio & Allison Havey - Co-founders of TRAAP Teenage Rape Awareness And Prevention.

Also Amber who is an ex-service user of HOMETRUTHS will be telling her story and how domestic abuse has impacted on her as a mother and on her children.

We will be supported in hosting the event by our team of volunteers.

Womb To Womanhood is a full day from 9.30 -16.00 with lunch included.

Places are limited and booking early is advisable.  Delegate places will cost £50 per person for Voluntary and Community Organisations and £65 per person for Statutory, Business and Private Sector Agencies.  Lunch and refreshments will be included in the price.

We hosted a very successful conference in 2012 The Hidden Truths of Domestic Abuse, and we hope to repeat this success again in May.

The link at the top of the page is for the Booking Form and gives further information about the speakers and the topics they will cover.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!      Follow #W2W on Twitter                         

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No Further Action in 90% of Domestic Abuse reported to Police in England & Wales

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Official figures show that between 2010/11 and 2012/13, reports of domestic violence to the Police increased by 11%.  However successful prosecutions in court have fallen by 14%.

Data shows that around 90% of reported domestic violence in England & Wales ends with no further action.

Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper says that Labour would commit to publishing domestic abuse and sexual violence league tables for every Police force across England & Wales in a bid to expose poor performance and raise standards.

She also calls for a commissioner covering violence against women and domestic abuse.

Read more in the following article: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/10/domestic-violence-police-referrals-numbers

 

HOMETRUTHS is an independent specialist service and we provide safety planning, risk assessment and support whether there has been reports made to the Police or not.  However we work in partnership with Wiltshire Police and our core aim is to increase the safety of survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse or you are concerned for someone who is please contact us.

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HOMETRUTHS attends the PCC Victim Forum in Salisbury

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Wiltshire and Swindon's Police Crime Commissioner, Angus Mcpherson, invited professionals and organisations who work with victims and survivors of domestic abuse from across Swindon and Wiltshire to meet in Salisbury on March 11th at Old Sarum College.

Victim's Commissioner Baroness Newlove attended the Victim's Forum.

The purpose of the Forum was to gather together information about the needs of people experiencing domestic abuse, and gain an understanding of the gaps in service provision to inform the future spending of the domestic abuse budget by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

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HOMETRUTHS attends Healthwatch Meeting in Swindon

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HOMETRUTHS attended the Healthwatch Health & Social Care meeting in Swindon on Monday 10th March 2014.  It was a meeting well attended by representatives from organisations and services in Swindon's health and social care sector.

Healthwatch aims to give local people a voice about the services they receive from the health and social care services in Swindon to get local people to contribute to the design and improvement of services and acts as a complaints advocacy service to help people make a complaint about a service they have received.

To find out more visit their website: http://www.healthwatchswindon.org.uk/content/about

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Concerns that the Police are inappropriately using Community Resolution for DV

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Despite Government guidelines that Community Resolution or Restorative Justice measures should not be used in cases of domestic abuse, and should only be used for low-level crime, disclosures of Police figures through the Freedom Of Information show a significant increase in the use of community resolution for serious offences. 

Last year community resolution was applied in 10,160 incidents of "serious violence" about 12 times the figure for 5 years ago and used in 2,488 domestic violence cases in 2012.

In total, community resolutions which include apology by the offender or compensation to the victim instead of prosecutions and cautions, were used 33,673 times for violence against the person offences last year.

Incidents classed as serious offences include: Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), malicious wounding and use of a substance or object to harm another.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper says the figures are "extremely serious" and are increasing as significant cuts to Police budgets are being made and concerns that communtiy resolutions are being used as a quick way to clear up cases as Police resources are being massivley cut.

Read more in the following BBC report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22346971

 

 

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