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End FGM Campaign

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17 year old British teenager, Fahma Mohamed, is leading the campaign to help end FGM - Female Genital Mutilation, together with the Guardian Newspaper.

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM, is defined by the World Health Organisation as the total or partial removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  It is also known as Female Genital Cutting or Female Circumcision. 

According to Government figures more than 20,000 British girls are thought to be at risk of cutting every year.  It is estimated in the UK there are 66,000 victims of FGM and more than 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk and victims can be as young as a few weeks old.

Fahma Mohamed is urging the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to write to the leaders of all primary and secondary schools to flag up the dangers of FGM before the summer holidays, which is when most girls are at risk - many are taken abroad for the procedure to be undertaken.  Despite FGM being illegal in the UK - it was outlawed in 1985 as "torture" and "a form of child abuse", and in 2003 it also became illegal to take a girl out of the country for it to be performed abroad, there has never been a prosecution.

More than 140 million women and girls worldwide have suffered Female Genital Mutilation - it is seen as a rite of passage and a way of keeping girls "pure" before marriage.

It creates life long physical and psychological harm to females and ultimately it can result in death. Infections, tetanus, HIV, incontinence, on-going pain, pelvic infections and infertility are some of the physical complications.

More than 130,000 people have signed a petition urging the Government to raise awareness in schools, however no action has been taken by the Government yet.  To read more about the campaign:

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One Billion Rising in Swindon with HOMETRUTHS

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OBR 2014 for JusticeThank you so much to everyone who braved yesterday's horrendous weather and joined us in dancing for ONE BILLION RISING 2014 in support of ending violence against women and girls.

A special thank you to our fantatsic Zumba teacher who lead the dancing and kept the energy high and everyone on track!

A massive thank you to Richard at the Wyvern Theatre who allowed us to use a room in the Wyvern so we could stay dry and for letting us play the music through the Wyvern's sound system!

1 in 4 women in the UK experiences domestic violence and abuse in her lifetime.     2 women a week are killed in the UK by a violent partner or ex-partner - and a third of all females murdered are killed through domestic violence.                               At least 750,000 children in the UK witness domestic violence every year.

In Swindon and Wiltshire the Police receive on average 4,500 calls a year about domestic abuse, however it is nationally recognised that only 20% of incidents are reported.

HOMETRUTHS is a community based specialist service for anyone experiencing domestic violence and abuse from  the age of 16, living in Swindon and Wiltshire.

We are an independent organisation and we are self-funded.  If anyone would like to donate to HOMETRUTHS because we provide support, safety planning, risk assessment, help with attending civil and criminal courts and we run The Freedom Programme and other groups, making a difference to the lives of women and their children living with domestic abuse in Swindon and Wiltshire, then please donate using the link at the bottom of the page

Thank you very much.


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Join us tomorrow for One Billion Rising in Swindon!!!

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Join us tomorrow (Feb 14th 2014) at 10.30 to dance for one hour in support of ending global violence against women and girls.

We have a dance teacher to lead the dancing - if you can't dance or don't like dancing please just come and support us.  This year's theme of ONE BILLION RISING is Justice for women and we look forward to seeing you all.

We are meeting outside the Wyvern Theatre near the bridge.

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Raise Funds for HOMETRUTHS this Valentine's

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Pleased to Become Distributors for Swindon Foodbank

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Swindon FoodbankHOMETRUTHS is really pleased to have recently become distributors of Swindon Foodbank Vouchers.

Many of our service users are in financial difficulty as a result of domestic abuse.  Often abusive partners control the finances within the relationship or home.  This can be through spending all the money, not contributing to the home but running up bills and eating the food when living with their partner, witholding their income in separate bank accounts, stealing from their partners, or having all benefits paid into their own account.

Also for people who have managed to separate they may have to wait for their benefits to get sorted, pay off debts run up by their ex, or have no income of their own at all.

We have been to visit the Swindon Foodbank and can see what a fantastic job David and his team are doing in collecting, sorting, packing and making food available to people in crisis living in Swindon.

We are so pleased to be able to offer this extra support to our service users who are in immediate need.

To find out more about the Swindon Foodbank please visit:

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Help Rights of Women Monitor Impact of Legal Aid Cuts

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rights of womenOn April 1st 2013 the Government brought in new Legal Aid rules for Family Law. Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Rights of Women are monitoring the impact on women and they are running an anonymous on-line survey. 

If you have been to a solicitor or have tried to see a solicitor, since April 2013 please help their research by completing the survey -

Research to date has shown women have found it difficult to access legal aid solicitors according to Family Law UK.


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It's 3 weeks until One Billion Rising.

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OBR FB ImageJoin us in 3 weeks time on Feb 14th to dance in support of ending global violence against women and girls and this year's theme is rising for justice.

Have a look at the One Billion Rising webpage at what others consider justice to look like:

This story is particularly powerful as HOMETRUTHS is an organisation without local council or national government funding and we have to fundraise for all the activities and services we provide in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Thank you to all the people who support us and make donations.  If you would like to support our work please make a donation using the button at the bottom of the page, because 1 in 4 women expereinces domestic abuse in her lifetime - that could be you, your daughter, sister, friend, wife, partner, cousin, mother, aunt, grandmother, neighbour or colleague and we are here to provide support, information, risk assessment, safety planning, groups such as the Freedom Programme and we need your help to do this.   

Thank you.

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Children of Domestic Abuse Victims Increasingly Being Taken into Care

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domestic-violence-008The Family Rights Group claims that children with a parent who suffers from domestic violence are increasingly likely to be at risk of being taken into care.

They say that the cuts to local domestic abuse and family support services, compounded by welfare reforms means that families are more likely to be split up because they can no longer get specialist help.

Data suggests that domestic violence has out stripped parental mental illness or drug and alcohol misuse as the most common under lying factor behind child protection intervention.

Read more in the following article:

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One Billion Rising for Justice!!

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One Billion Rising is a global event inviting people across the world to rise up in support of ending violence against women and girls through coming together in a public place and dancing!

In 2013 we had a fantastic event in Swindon's town centre and we are arranging an event for 2014.  The international theme of One Billion Rising 2014 is rising for Justice. 

Follow this link to the OBR event page on Facebook:

Like and share the page and spread the news about the event.  Anyone interested in getting involved please get in touch through facebook, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us: 01793 617589 and leave your details.


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Police Inspectorate On-Line Survey for Victims of Domestic Abuse

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The Home Secretary has requested the HMIC - Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, to conduct a review of how Police forces respond to Domestic Abuse.

The purpose of the survey is to gather information from people who have experienced domestic abuse in the last 12 months and to find out what they think of the way in which the police responded.

If you would like to do the on-line survey please click this link and follow the questions:

All answers are confidential and anonymous.

The closing date of the survey is 26th January 2014.

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One Billion Rising 2014

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After the fantatsic success of our One Billion Rising Event in Swindon in February last year, we are busy arranging our 2014 event for Swindon.

If anyone is interested in helping organise it or wants to some along and dance on the day in support of ending violence against women across the world then please get in touch.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01793 617589 or follow updates on facebook

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Barristers & Solicitors Walk Out Today in Protest at Legal Aid Cuts

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Today sees the first ever walk out by Barristers and Solicitors who are withdrawing their labour from criminal courts this morning with the aim of forcing a re-think of the Government's plan to cut Legal Aid by a further 30%.

The warning from the Barristers and Solicitors taking action include: lower quality legal representation, miscarriages of justices and more offenders walking free from court.

Read more in the following article: Barristers and Solicitors Walk Out



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New Freedom Programme Starting in January 2014

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HOMETRUTHS Supports Proposal to Make Domestic Abuse a Crime in the UK

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Scales of Justice

MPs from all parties are backing a new bill proposal to provide a legal framework for criminalising Domestic Abuse in the UK.

Currently there is no specific offence of domestic abuse and perpetrators can only be charged with a specific crime such as battery and assault, rape, harassment etc, however under this new proposal domestic abuse would become a specific offence allowing for examination of an offenders pattern of behaviour and course of conduct over a period of time, rather than prosecuting for one target offence such as actual bodily harm (ABH).

The new law would define domestic abuse as "intentionally, wilfully or recklessly causing, or attempting to cause, physical injury or psychological harm to a person" and would carry a maximum sentence of up to 14 years in prison.

It may come as a surprise to many that domestic abuse isn't already a criminal offence in its own right, and the move behind the decision to propose this new bill is driven by the low conviction rates of perpetrators of domestic abuse.

HOMETRUTHS strongly supports the proposal and would welcome the new criminal legisaltion to assist in keeping survivors and victims of domestic abuse and their children safe from harm, and also bring about a consequence to perpetrators.  We feel this new legislation would bring about a level of societal change in acknowledging domestic abuse as a crime and sentencing appropriate to the harm it causes in the lives of survivors and their families.

Read more in the following Guardain Article:


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HOMETRUTHS' Children's Christmas Party 2013

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Xmas Party 2013


A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Kate and Jo from Zurich Cares for helping us with our Children's Christmas Party 2013.  Thanks to all their fundraising efforts and time we were able to give a gift to 30 children whose Mum's have received support from HOMETRUTHS and used our services in 2013.

Also a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Santa and Mrs Claus for arranging party games and activities - we wouldn't have been able to do it without you, and after party food and games and a visit from Santa all the children and their mums were able to go to the Swindon pantomime Jack and The Bean Stalk staring Keith Chegwin, again thanks to Zurich's fundraising efforts. 

Another MASSIVE THANK YOU to Sarah who organised a Christmas Raffle in aid of HOMETRUTHS and raised £40 towards the Freedom Programme 2014.

A fantastic afternoon was had by all and it is a really lovely way to start Christmas!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!



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Christmas Fayre at the Parks!

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Xmas Fayre 2013

HOMETRUTHS had a stall at the Christmas Fayre in the Parks area of Swindon yesterday.  We had a really fun afternoon and met lots of families and raised awareness of domestic abuse in the run up to Christmas.

Lots of people experiencing domestic abuse feel an added pressure to make things ok for their children and any family or friends they see over the Christmas holiday, whilst dealing with the abuse from controlling and violent partners or ex-partners.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a free 24 hour helpline that can be accessed throughout the Christmas Period 0808 2000 247.

If anyone is in immediate danger ring the Police on 999.


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Swindon Choir Fundraising for HOMETRUTHS on Dec 15th at Outlet Village

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If you are shopping on Sunday 15th December at the Farmers Market, Swindon Outlet Village, Rodbourne between 11am and 12 noon, listen out for Swindon Choir singing Christmas carols and raising funds for HOMETRUTHS!!

They are fabulous singers and all donations will be very appreciated.


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Christmas Shop Online and Raise Funds for HOMETRUTHS

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With Christmas fast approaching and thoughts about present buying and christmas shopping, please consider raising funds for HOMETRUTHS without any additional cost to yourself if you shop online.

Register with and click HOMETRUTHS as your charity to support and then a percentage of the price of your purchases is paid to HOMETRUTHS by the online shops.

Follow this link and register today to support survivors of domestic abuse in Swindon and Wiltshire, thank you very much!


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Brave HOMETRUTHS' Client Talks to Local Press

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Speaking out about domestic violence and abuse is very difficult for most people to do.  Finding the right person to tell who can understand and give the right help and support is not always easy, and many of our clients tell us they were silenced for a long time after speaking to someone who they hoped could help but who ended up not understanding, making wrong judgements about the situation or about them as a person or who maybe tried to help but it only made things worse.

Melanie spoke to HOMETRUTHS about her situation on the advice of her GP and of her colleague at work and we were able to support her in becoming safe and moving on with her life.  Her partner had broken her leg and then told her to lie about how it happened and she was too scared to tell anyone what really happened.

HOMETRUTHS' IDVA Service carries out risk assessment, safety planning and provides information, support and advocacy for victims of domestic abuse who are experiencing serious harm or who feel their life is at risk from their partner or ex-partner.

Melanie has very bravely spoken to the local Swindon Advertiser about her experience of domestic abuse and hopes this will help at least one other woman to contact HOMETRUTHS and speak about what is happening within her relationship.

Read Melanie's Story in the following link:

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Theresa May, Home Secretary, announces national role out of Clare's Law & Go Order Police Schemes

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Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, Theresa May MP, announced in parliament today national roll-out of Domestic Violence Protection Orders, commonly referred to as Go Orders, and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as CLare's Law.

Both schemes have been piloted in specific areas of the UK including Wiltshire, and they are now set to roll-out across the rest of the country.  Read more in Theresa May's written statement to parliament:

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