VERA BAIRD WELCOMES SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY ASB IN SOUTH TYNESIDE

A support team to help those affected by anti-social behaviour has been established in South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Council in partnership with South Tyneside Homes have recruited a group of five volunteers to provide support to victims across the Borough.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, presented the volunteers with certificates to celebrate the completion of their initial training. The training equipped the volunteers with the essential skills needed to support victims affected by anti-social behaviour.

South Tyneside’s ASB victim support volunteering project is being supported by funding from Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)

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Challenges Facing Policing.

When the House of Commons returns, one of the first jobs MPs will have to do is to respond to George Osborne’s proposed cuts of up to 40% to government departments. If the Home Office is faced with a 40% cut to its budget, it will have devastating effects on how we police Northumbria. Be under no illusion, the decisions taken by the Chancellor will impact on how we police. Since 2010, the Tories have removed nearly £120 million from the Police budget, this has resulted in 16% fewer police officers than in 2010 and 25% less police staff.

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Male Victims of Domestic Violence Supported by Commissioner Funding

More male victims of domestic abuse will receive help and support following funding from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Commissioner Baird has awarded £2,000 to Community Counselling Cooperative from her Supporting Victims Fund – a fund set up and made available to organisations that have the aim of helping victims cope and recover from their experience of crime.

The not for profit organisation understands there’s a need for therapeutic support for male victims of domestic abuse. With this in mind, it wants to provide further support by seeing more male victims both for one to one therapeutic

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Northumbria Police – Top 100 employer for LGBT people.

Northumbria Police has been recognised as one of the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.

The news, which was welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, comes as it was revealed Northumbria Police ranked 85th in the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – the first time the force has been ranked in the top 100.

The Workplace Equality Index i…s an effective way to measure organisations’ efforts to tackling discrimination and creating an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. Organisations participating are actively demonstrating commitment to sexual orientation equality.

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Address to Commonwealth Journalists’ Association Conference, Malta 2012

Feb 1st 2012 The Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press is the title of the Leveson Inquiry, set up to deal with the phone hacking scandal. So let us turn away from press restraint, oppressive laws, the persecution of journalists in the Commonwealth, on which you so proudly campaign, and consider the ethical issues confronting the profession in the UK, how this Inquiry came about, the issues it faces and the impact that may have on your work. In brief summary, in January 2007, the News of the World Royal reporter, Clive Goodman

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Vera's speech at the Fabians New Year Conference 2012

Vera was delighted to speak at Fabians New Year Conference 14th January 2012 In the morning breakout group: Women The Crisis and Politics Vera shared a platform with Polly Toynbee, Seema Malhotra MP and David Coats, Research Fellow of the Smith Institute. “The first point I wish to make is that we discuss the financial crisis every day and when we do so we should always have in our minds that all economics is gendered. I am grateful to Professor Sylvia Walby who has done considerable work on this topic So, for example when there is a tax rise,

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National Conference: Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews

Vera spoke at a National Conference in Nottingham on “Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews”.

Here are the slides: Domestic Homicide Reviews-21st Sept. 2011.

Feminism in London Conference

Vera’s address to the seminar on: Feminism in violence against women policy The emergence of a feminist understanding, at first of the hidden crime of domestic violence, impacted hugely on policy on violence against women in the longer run.

• It was essentially the Refuge Movement that first counted the figures and demonstrated that DV was not something that was done by a few cruel and unusual men. • That violence in the home was as to more than 90%, by men on women • That its prevalence was astonishing

Until then, domestic violence was seen not only as

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Short speech at the Labour Women’s Summit – Labour Party Conference

We have got to take our share of the responsibility for saying again and again that we have a deficit because of the international banking crisis which lead to a recession and not because Labour is economically incompetent. On the contrary the Labour Government showed the world the way out of recession. Even Cameron says that the economy is now “Out of the danger zone” If he is right, that can have nothing to do with the activities of the Coalition Government. It is clear that economic measures take time to before they make a difference. It is because

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The Rights of the Child – UNICEF London

“There are two ways of making the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child enforceable in UK courts. The first way is to incorporate the Convention as a whole into our law and the second way is to implement what the Convention does in piecemeal legislation, eventually trying to cover all the areas it covers. Lady Joan Walmsley’s Children’s Rights Bill, introduced into the House of Lords in November 2009 would have incorporated the Children’s Rights Convention directly into our law, in the same way that our Human Rights Act incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights.

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