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HOMETRUTHS on South Today News

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BBC South Today News have been in Swindon and Wiltshire today at the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Week. 

They came to visit HOMETRUTHS and meet with some of our service users, a massive thank to them for sharing their thoughts and feelings about measures to support survivors of domestic abuse, and thank you to the BBC for their interest in the realities of domestic abuse for those living with it.

Please watch again on the following link to see their report.  It is the first news story of the show.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nyn6g/South_Today_19_11_2012/

 

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19th-23rd November Domestic Violence Awareness Week in Swindon & Wiltshire

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HOMETRUTHS has been invited onto the BBC Wiltshire Breakfast News on Mon 19th @ 7am to raise awareness of domestic abuse at the start of domestic violence Awareness Week, so if you are up that early on Monday please tune in.

We will be involved in a number of other things throughout the week that we will keep you posted about.

Anyone wanting to support HOMETRUTHS or find out more about our work with survivors of domestic abuse please get in touch!   01793 617589  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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John Lewis Shoppers please support HOMETRUTHS

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Anyone shopping in John Lewis in Swindon over the next few weeks please put your Community Matters Tokens that you are given when you pay at the till, into the HOMETRUTHS donation bin.

Please ask any of your family or friends who are shopping in the John Lewis Store to put their tokens in to support HOMETRUTHS as well:

Address:Mannington Retail Park, Telford Way, Mannington, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 8WA           Phone: 01793 733180

Hours:
Mon-Fri 10am-8pm Sat 9am-7pm Sun 11am-5pm

 

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Family Courts 'Ignoring the Needs of Domestic Violence Victims'

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Rights of Women are stating in the following Guardian report that Family Courts are 'Ignoring the Needs of Domestic Violence Victims'. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/nov/05/family-courts-domestic-violence-victims

HOMETRUTHS supports many survivors of domestic abuse in Swindon and Wiltshire through the family court processes, safety planning and assessing the increased risk to survivors and their children when abusive and violent ex-partners use the court system as a way of communication and harassment.

 

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TEARS meeting Thursday 25th Oct 2012

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HOMETRUTHS facilitated a meeting of TEARS Survivors' Forum on Thursday 25th, and were really pleased to welcome 10 survivors of domestic abuse who came together to discuss the impact of domestic abuse on people's housing situations.

The lively discussion and sharing of experiences and thoughts was really interesting and was summed up by one survivor who said: "My ex kept the 4 bedroom family house, while me and the 3 kids were forced to move into a little 2 up 2 down - there wasn't much space, but it was ours and we were free from my ex's control so it soon became home."

It was very clear that safe, secure, housing both in terms of physical safety but also legal housing rights makes a massive difference to people leaving an abusive relationship.  Sadly it seems that although there were a range of situations that the survivors had come from - mortgaged property, shared ownership schemes, council tennants and private tennants everyone had faced difficulty when separating from abusive partners.  Housing is a key issue that can make a massive contribution to the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children.

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HOMETRUTHS meets the Wiltshire Police Crime Commissioner Candidates

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HOMETRUTHS attended this evening's event to meet Wiltshire's Police Crime Commissioner Candidates. 

The 6 candidates are:

Angus Mcpherson - Conservative candidate

Paul Batchelor - Lib Dem candidate

Clare Moody - Labour candidate

John Short - UKIP candidate

Liam Silcocks - Independent candidate

Colin Skelton - Independent candidate

On Thursday 15th November Wiltshire's residents will have the opportunity to vote for the first Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire.  The successful candidate will have the responsibility for overseeing the work of Wiltshire Police on behalf of the residents in the Wiltshire force area which includes Swindon.

To find out more about their role and the processes involved: http://www.wiltshire-pa.gov.uk/pcc

 

 

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Women Outside The Box Festival

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HOMETRUTHS joined 1,000 women today on the Harbourside in Bristol at the Women Outside The Box Festival celebrating female entrepreneurship.  Over 150 stalls, informative workshops and inspiring stories of female business women, with many opportunities to network and engage with like-minded business women.  Despite the rain the event was well attended and a really informative and enjoyable opportunity to focus on businesses established and run by women from across the South West.

http://www.womenoutsidethebox.co.uk/

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Watch Channel 4 News, Mon 14th & Tues 15th Oct, 7pm

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Channel 4 News is showing a 2 part extended news report on Monday and Tuesday's news 7pm, on the impact of the Go Order Pilot continuing in Wiltshire.  They came an interviewed HOMETRUTHS for our thoughts on the effect of the Domestic Violence Prevention Notices & Orders, and spent a significant time interviewing one of our incredibly brave ex-service users about her experience of domestic abuse and feelings on whether the Go Orders could have helped her had they been in place at the time she was separating from her now ex-partner.

We will add in the link for the programme after it is shown on Mon & Tues. 

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HOMETRUTHS Invited onto BBC Radio Wiltshire Drivetime

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00y48b7

HOMETRUTHS were really pleased to be invited to speak on BBC Radio Wiltshire Drivetime show 19/9/12 with Lee Stone, to talk about the changes in the Government definition of domestic abuse to include emotional and psychological harm from the age of 16.

Listen again to hear the interview.

 

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Government's Definition of Domestic Abuse to include Coercive Control & Under 18s

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From March 2013, the Government's definition of domestic abuse will include coercive control - emotional, financial and psychological abuse and will include 16 and 17 year olds.  HOMETRUTHS supports this fantastic change which recognises the tru picture of domestic abuse for people in controlling and abusive relationships.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9549656/Controlling-partners-to-be-prosecuted-for-domestic-abuse.html

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Freedom Programme open for new referrals

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HOMETRUTHS' Freedom Programme is open for new referrals.  If you are a woman aged 16+ and you are interested in coming along or finding out more about our Freedom Programme in Swindon please ring 01793 617589 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you are a professional working with a woman who is or has been in an abusive relationship and would like to make a referral please get in touch.  If you would like some leaflets to handout to your clients please let us know and we will put some in the post.

To find out more please visit the Freedom Programme page on the main website menu.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Domestic Violence Campaigners' Plans to Burn it.

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Domestic Violence Campaigners in Sunderland have launched a campaign "Fifty Shades of Abuse" in response to the best selling book of all time since UK records began.

Plans on Bonfire Night to burn copies of the Fifty Shades of Grey book, because of concerns it endorses violence against women.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2192527/Fifty-Shades-Grey-Domestic-violence-campaigners-plan-burn-copies-raunchy-book.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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Iranian Parliament - Legalising Marriage of Girls Under 10

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The Iranian Parliament recently issued a statement that they regard the law prohibiting marriage for girls under 10 as un-Islamic and illegal. According to Parliament member Mohammad Ali Isfenani, "We must regard nine as being the appropriate age for a girl to have reached puberty and qualified to get married."

A call to action by ThePetitionSite.com created by Christian Miller to petition the Iranian Government not to legalise marriage for girls under 10.

http://www.examiner.com/article/tens-of-thousands-worldwide-petition-iran-to-end-child-marriages

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Stalker Sentenced to 18 weeks in Prison

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In April this year the law changed to include stalking as a criminal offence.  Chloe Hopkins from North Wales was driven to a suicide attempt due to the stress of being stalked by a man from her home town who became obsessed with her.  He had her name tattooed on his chest, would send sexually explicit messages on facebook, harassing her daily, taking photos of her in the street, sending valentine's and birthday cards.  He has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison. 

Chloe's story shared in the following newspaper link shows the level of fear and disruption stalking causes to the lives of people living with harassment and stalking.

  http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4489465/Stalker-stood-in-front-of-me-and-lifted-his-shirtto-show-me-a-tattoo-of-my-name-on-his-chest.html

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Thank you Allen Lane!

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Thank you very much to the Allen Lane Foundation who have awarded HOMETRUTHS a second grant towards continuation of our services in our second year.

The Allen Lane Foundation made a significant award for start-up and core costs in 2011 and has awarded us a second grant of £5,000 to ensure survivors of domestic violence and abuse continue to receive services in 2012-13.

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People with Learning Disabilities Being Forced to Marry

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More than 50 cases of people with learning disability being forced to marry in the UK last year

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jul/31/forced-marriage-blights-learning-disabled?fb=native&;CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

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Domestic Violence Conviction Rates at an All Time High

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jul/22/domestic-violence-conviction-rate-high?newsfeed=true

This is good news, but as we know this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Only 20% of incidents are reported to the Police in the UK and not all of these get to court or result in a conviction.

 

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A Poem from A Service User

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Caroline is a caring, strong and feisty woman and is dealing with a lot from her past relationships.  She has been receiving support from HOMETRUTHS for a couple of months and she gave us a poem yesterday that she had written for us.  She has written it to express her feelings about the support she has received from HOMETRUTHS, and we would like to share it with you.  Thank you Caroline.....

"No words are uttered, yet they understand.  When all is lost out stretches a hand.

When it feels the world's against you, and nothing will see you through, like a light in the darkness is HOMETRUTHS - they are there for you."

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Tea With Naomi! Parliamentary Outreach help TEARS

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http://www.swindonlink.com/news/parliamentary-outreach-service-give-a-helping-hand-to-hometruths

Naomi Kent, the South West Parliamentary Outreach Officer spent a day with Swindon's Domestic Abuse Survivros' Forum - TEARS, facilitated by HOMETRUTHS, to learn about influencing government and having a voice to contribute to change at Parliamentary levels.

It was an interesting day and HOMETRUTHS will ensure that the TEARS Survivors' Forum puts everything they learned to good use.

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