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UK Campaign wins consultation on criminalising psychological abuse: Expectation to criminalise Coercive Control

The UK Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign is celebrating a major success, as the Government announced plans to consult on reconciling criminal law with the Home Office definition of domestic violence. The consultation is expected to propose the criminalisation of coercive control, including patterns of abusive behaviour and psychological abuse. The Campaign by Women’s Aid, the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation, and Paladin, has been calling for this change, to protect women who experience domestic violence. If you use Twitter you can follow progress using this hashtag #DVLawReformCampaign.

New Australian Resource — Council to Homeless Persons launches a new blog.

The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has launched a blog that will provide weekly updates on their programmes, and current policy issues concerning the homelessness sector in Australia.

The Women’s Electoral Agenda Aotearoa 2014 is a 100 point manifesto aimed at making significant gains for women in relation to family incomes, violence against women, the workforce, disability issues, Wahine Maori, and parenting. The Agenda’s goal is to make real progress towards gender equality in Aotearoa, thereby improving the lives of all women and children. See the 100 point manifesto here.

A UK Women’s Aid survey which collected details of 522 users of refuge services and 755 users of non refuge services on a single day in July 2013 revealed:

The Melbourne Women's Homelessness Prevention Project provides a weekly outreach clinic where women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can receive legal advice and intensive support from social workers for up to three months. The aim is to transition to long term support such as domestic violence counselling, education, employment and other support. Click here to go to Justice Connect website for more information.

Women experiencing mental illness can now access a new women's-only residential prevention and recovery service in Victoria, Australia. This development recognises that mixed-gender mental health facilities can make women vulnerable and unsafe. This new initiative is a much needed provision for women to feel safe and therefore increases the ability to heal.

Among the contributing factors to Kath's homelessness includes getting involved with some "nasty relationships". Kath says, "There is nothing I don't understand about domestic violence. I had cared for and spoilt the men in my life, even though they treated me that way. Now I am alone. There are no more black eyes. There are no more sleepless nights living in fear."

This is an interesting blog to read to begin to understand the plight of women's homelessness.