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Rights of Women Win Appeal Challenging the Gateway Criteria for Legal Aid for Domestic Violence Victims

18 February 2016

We are delighted by the news that Rights of Women have won their appeal challenging the gateway criteria for legal aid for domestic violence victims and we applaud them for bringing this case. It is a bold step in a climate of the lobbying act and the attacks on the independence of the charitable sector as identified by the Barings “independence panel on the voluntary sector”. Smaller specialist women’s organisations are closing from month to month – we are very grateful therefor to organisations like Rights of Women for taking this forward. It is a shame it was necessary, however, since women’s sector organisations had met with officials and repeatedly highlighted all these concerns which are well known to specialist violence against women organisations even as they mooted these changes but it is a sad pattern that those in power seem both to reject criticism and disregard the expertise of the sector.

Rights of Women’s evidence has shown consistently that 40-50% of victims could not meet these criteria and the evidence requested is totally misaligned with the way women experience men’s violence. It is moreover bizarre that the evidence requested by MOJ was incompatible with the evidence required by the Home Office for the same issue.

Whilst we celebrate this victory – it remains the case that whole swathes of law remain out of scope since the legal aid cuts, many of which disproportionately impact on women. For instance there has been an 80% drop in employment tribunals for sex discrimination. Helena Kennedy highlighted in a recent speech at Conwy Hall that legal aid is not merely about law and lawyers – this is about equality of access to justice and is a cornerstone of our democracy.

nia’s Chief Executive, Karen Ingala Smith, said,

“Whilst the Government has an agenda of “Austerity”, wherever you stand on the need for financial restraint – there are always choices to be made. There is no escaping that choices are ideological as much as, or more than, purely financial and any attempt to shrink the state results in further marginalising and disenfranchising some of those most discriminated against. Sadly this is what we are seeing in how these cuts play out for women, all women, but particularly for migrant women and even more so, those with no recourse to public funds.”

Rights of Women win appeal - press statement


Why We Need A Femicide Census

13 February 2015

The launch of the Femicide Census is the culmination of the work of one individual: Karen Ingala Smith, self-described “random woman in a back bedroom in Walthamstow”. At the beginning of 2012, she realised that the news was telling her the same story over and over, although the names and details changed.

Why We Need A Femicide Census


‘We record all the killing of women by men. You see a pattern’

09 February 2015

On Thursday a database will be launched online entitled Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed by Men. It is a project designed to force a recognition of the scale and significance of male violence against women and is the culmination of several years of work by Ingala Smith, who began a grim and time-consuming task of counting Britain’s murdered women and putting their names on her own blog back in 2012. There were 126 women killed through male violence that year, 143 in 2013 and 150 in 2014.

We record all the killing of women by men. You see a pattern’


The stabbing of Ann Maguire was not an isolated incident

01 May 2014

The murder of Leeds teacher should Ann Maguire should horrify and upset us, but no more or less than the killings of the other 49 women in the UK this year before her.

The stabbing of Ann Maguire was not an isolated incident


Fatal male violence against women goes beyond domestic violence

28 April 2014

I didn’t plan to start keeping a list of dead women, but in January 2012 seven women were killed in the first three days of the year.

Fatal male Violence Against Women Goes Beyond Domestic Violence


International Women's Day

10 March 2014

This year’s International Women’s Day celebrations were nothing if not diverse. Here are some of the things we learned

How Karen Ingala Smith Is Breaking The Silence

12 March 2014

What’s the single biggest killer of women in the UK? Cancer? Alcohol abuse? Contrary to popular belief, fatal male violence is the real killer, at present claiming a shocking two women’s lives a week in the UK.

Breaking The Silence - Kettle Mag - March 2014


The mounting toll of violence against women

06 March 2014

So far this year, 24 women in Britain have been killed due to suspected male violence. I know this because there’s a Twitter account, Counting Dead Women, that tallies every one, putting a name and a story to a statistic.

Counting Dead Women Evening Standard March 2014


‘Blaming the victims’ campaign from council

24 December 2013

WOMEN’S campaigners have reacted angrily to binge drinking campaign advert which they claim suggests women are to blame if they are sexually assaulted.

Victim Blaming from Local Council - Yorkshire Post - Dec 2013


What counting dead women tells us that Clare's Law cannot

25 November 2013

Drawing connections between the murders of women by men is surprisingly rare. Attempting to accurately calculate women who died because of a sexist culture is even harder.

Counting Dead Women and Clare's Law - New Statesman - Nov 2013


Feminists gather to raise awareness of violence against women

06 December 2013

Feminists gathered in Highbury Fields last week to pay tribute to women who have died at the hands of men. The vigil was organised by campaigners Million Women Rise.

Highbury Fields Islington Gazette


Beaten up, raped, and made to hide drugs, the middle-class girl who was the lowest of the low to a gang

25 November 2013

What happened to me could happen to anybody, it doesn’t matter where she lives or what her family background.” These are the poignant, rueful words of Kate, a white English 24-year-old who got drawn into a gang and is currently being counselled by the Nia Project, a charity based in Hackney that helps girls recover from sexual exploitation in gangs.

Girls and Gangs - Evening Standard - Nov 2013


Counting Dead Women

25 November 2013

On 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we tweeted the names of all the UK women who had been killed through suspected male violence so far that year.

Counting Dead Women Feminist Times Nov 2013


Closing down social media sites won't stop young people's bullying

14 August 2013

We need to change attitudes not close down social media sites if we want to change young people’s behaviour.

Close down


nia succeeds where the British Foreign Office in Egypt failed

21 November 2011

British woman raped by military police in Egypt advised by British Foreign and Commonwealth to report the rape to …. the military police.

Tanya said “I was in a state of utter shock and terror,” she said. “Already traumatised by being raped at a military checkpoint by a military official, and frightened about reporting it in a country under the control of the military, I was left on my own without any support or any sense that the consulate were sympathetic or willing to help.”

Tanya had this to say about the East London Rape Crisis Service, run by nia

“nia was the only organisation who seemed to get it, otherwise I wouldn’t have found redress and wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now where they have helped me get a lawyer and generally helping me with everything.”

Tanya had tried to get help from several other organisations and said that they “could not help me, but not only could they not help me, they wouldn’t say that they couldn’t help me, so I was just left waiting for ages until they came back to me saying something like ‘why don’t you try the police’, and the police told me to try Interpol. It was really frustrating, and no one seemed to grasp that the system is totally different in Egypt”

“ I think its really important that there is support for people attacked overseas, and at the minimum organisations that can’t deal with it are aware that there are places that can. Thank you for all your help.”

New research on the needs of children affected by domestic violence in London cites nia's Jacana Project as a good practice example

22 November 2011

New research by the NSPCC and Refuge cites nia and DVIP’s Jacana Project – which supported parents which holding perpetrators of domestic violence to account – as a good practice example.

The report also tells that nia runs London’s only refuge for women with problematic substance use.

Read the report here

Read the independent evaluation of the Jacana Project here

Worshipful Company of Curriers get on their bikes for nia

24 September 2012

The Worshipful Company of Curriers selected nia for their Master’s charitable appeal and generated a fantasitic £5,481.22 to support our work with women and girls who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse.

The curriers-on wheels: Richard Stewart, Emily James, Ross James, David Moss, Kalina Wilson and Ian Hester cycled from London to Brighton on 17th June 2012. Here’s Emily’s account of the ride.

Worshipful Company of Curriers select nia as their charity of the year


One Billion Rising: nia joins global rising to demand an end to male violence against women

14 February 2013

We are rising
• Because between April and September 2012 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales took 63,808 helpline calls
• Because last year there were 3,081 reported rapes in London alone, with 6,674 other sexual crimes and 49,021 reported domestic violence crimes
• Because between April and September 2012 56,325 women and girls received on-going support from Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales
• In remembrance of 109 UK women killed in 2012 through suspected male violence against women
• Because cuts threaten our services but demand never decreases
• To stand with our sisters around the world
• To name the problem: patriarchy
• To demand an end to male violence against women and girls