Campaign on the rights of woman survivors of violence and their children to access support and protection 

UNITED KINGDOM

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Launch  Campaigners  Quality Standards  Government Commit  Improve Access  Video Award  Istanbul Convention  EU VAW 2017  EU Women's Helpline  

 

The StepUp! Campaign in 2016

The Step Up! campaign in the UK took a strategic focus to push the UK Government to urgently ratify the Istanbul Convention – focusing firstly on support a successful second reading for Dr Eilidh Whiteford’s Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Private Members’ Bill on 16 December 2016. MPs voted overwhelmingly to support the Bill, which was fantastic.

The final stage of the Bill is taking place on Friday, 24th of February, in the House of Commons.

Campaigners

The national campaigning women’s organization in the UK are WAVE Members Women's Aid Federation England, Latin American Women's Rights Service (also Member of PICUM), Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland, Scottish Women's Aid, Welsh Women's Aid, led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(England) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (England), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Northern Ireland), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Scotland), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Scotland) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Wales).

Women's Aid National Quality Standards: a Best Practice Example

Women’s Aid developed the National Quality Standards in response to the needs of their Members, who wanted a clear and evidence-based means of demonstrating the impact of specialist support services. Women’s Aid Members provide safety and support through a need-led approach, which achieves lasting change for women and children survivors of domestic abuse. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, these specialist services need to be able to clearly evidence their impact to meet the needs of public sector commissioners.

The National Quality Standards establish a set of criteria against which services can demonstrated their quality and added value. To be accredited with a quality benchmark, organisations must evidence their work in promoting positive survivor outcomes – including in the areas of physical and emotional recovery, safety and dignity, rights and access, and sustainability and autonomy. The National Quality Standards are increasingly being used by commissioners and were included in the UK Government’s assessment criteria for a £10 million fund for specialist domestic violence services from 2014-2016.

The National Quality Standards help to ensure that the values, knowledge and experience of specialist services are protected in an increasingly commercial environment. They strengthen the sector and enable Women’s Aid to advocate more effectively for specialist services with government and commissioners.