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We were very pleased to welcome Ben Bradshaw MP to our offices on Friday 6th September. We talked through our history and achievements and discussed the picture of local commissioning with him in detail. He's very knowledgeable about the voluntary sector in general and very supportive of our aims around sexual violence and was able to give us some advice and offer his support to sustaining our vital service.

The Refugee and Asylym Seeker Women's Project is based in Bristol and can support women in the whole of the South West. Indrani Currie works at the Avon and Bristol Law Centre on this Comic Relief funded project to give expert legal advice to asylum seeking and refugee women with special regard for women who have been subject to sexual violence and/or domestic violence (the project is not affected by the cutbacks in legal aid). Indrani is able to come to Devon to provide support and has already carried out one session in Exeter at Refugee Support's drop in centre.
About Indrani: "I have been a senior immigration practitioner and supervisor for thirteen years. I have a special interest in working with women who have been subject to domestic and sexual violence and are subject to immigration control. I have taken cases to the High/Administration Court and Court of Appeal for a number of female clients".
In the short time the project has run in Bristol and the surrounding area they have been able to help a number of women who have been excluded from advice and representation.
Indrani Currie, Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women's Project, Avon and Bristol Law Centre - Direct Line 0117 916 7715
Refugee Support (Devon) - 01392 682185

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

We were delighted to receive a visit from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall on 16th July.

She came to our office and spent time talking to service users, staff, volunteers, trustees and patrons (pictured).

She also met with friends and supporters of DRCS including the Lord Mayor of Exeter, The Leader of Devon County Council, the Chairman of Torbay Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The visit was a great honour for us and we were all struck by The Duchess of Cornwall's understanding and sensitivity around the issues of sexual violence.

Please click on the link below which details the discussions Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, had in parliament last Tuesday. She talked about consent, pornography and how proud she is to be a Patron for Devon Rape Crisis Service.

http://www.drsarah.org.uk/in-parliament/news-and-speeches

Our Awayday took place on 9th June 2013 at the Citygate Hotel, Exeter. It was a fantastic day and gave us a chance to welcome our new Patron, Professor Marianne Hester. Also it was great to have two more of our Patrons attend, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP and Canon Anna Norman-Walker. It was a time where all Staff, Trustees, Volunteers and Patrons worked together on our first Annual Report. A great day was had by all.

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We were at the Respect Festival on the 1st and 2nd June. Thank you to everyone who stopped by.

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Devon Rape Crisis Service is very pleased to be supporting Dreadnought South West.

We all owe a debt to the Suffrage movement, without which our services would surely not be here. The movement in the early twentieth century opened up the space for second wave feminism in the 1970's and it was through this second wave that women started to talk about common experiences and organise to address them.

Rape Crisis centres were born of this rich understanding of the oppression of sexual violence. So, of course we want to join with Dreadnought South West in recognising the first steps towards emancipation and empowerment.

The journey this year follows the original journey of a group of women walking from Land's End to London in 1913 and this time it is accompanied by a brand new play to commemorate the centenary.

You can see the play, 'Oxygen' in 23 venues along the route and we encourage you to go along and be part of this very special project.

Dates and contact details are on the flyer which you can view by clicking the link below.

Dreadnought South West - Oxygen

Rape Crisis England and Wales is organising a petition to the Home Office to secure funding for a national Helpline for rape and sexual violence.

There is an existing helpline, run by a centre in Croydon but this receives no national funding and struggles to find funds for the service.

The Home Office funds other national helplines, for example, for domestic violence - but not for sexual violence.

Please print off the petition, sign it and get it signed by your friends, partners, colleagues, family members and send it on to Devon Rape Crisis at PO Box 765, Exeter, EX1 9TG.

Click here to download and print the petition (PDF)

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Professor Marianne Hester

Professor Marianne Hester OBE (MA Oxon, Phd Leeds) is the Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the school for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and Patron of South Tyneside Women's Aid. She has been involved in the Rape Crisis Movement in the UK for many years and has worked in close collaboration with organisations such as Women's Aid that provide services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. She was involved with Rape Crisis in Leeds from 1979 and with Rape Crisis in Exeter from 1989 to approx 1994.

A powerful silent vigil in the town centre, a moving performance and speech and finally .................... a very, very energetic dance!!!!
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