Children Affected By Domestic Abuse To Benefit From £8 Million Fund

Today the Home Office has announced a new £8 million fund to support children who have been affected by domestic abuse

Home Office

Home Office

The fund gives charities, local authorities and other organisations the chance to bid for money for projects designed to intervene early to help children who have been directly or indirectly affected by domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse ruins the lives of its victims with more than 2 million people subjected to this terrible crime each year. However, NSPCC statistics show that as many as 1 in 5 children in the UK are also witness to or exposed to this horrible crime during childhood.

This could be through being exposed to domestic abuse in the family home, experiencing domestic abuse in their own intimate partner relationships or demonstrating harmful behaviours to those closest to them. Some 25% of girls and 18% of boys aged 13 to 17 have reported having experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner.

Those children affected by domestic abuse in their early years are 4 times more likely to go on and experience or perpetrate domestic abuse later in life. Further studies have also concluded that children affected by domestic abuse are at greater risk of falling into substance abuse, juvenile pregnancy and criminal behaviour than those raised in homes without violence.

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said:

It is heart-breaking to think that all too often children are unwittingly caught up in the effects of domestic abuse and for some, the mental scars of such early exposure will significantly impact on their lives.

However, we can intervene early to give these young people a lifeline and organisations are already providing services, which this government will help support through the fund we are opening today.

This government is absolutely committed to tackling these appalling crimes and is determined that no one should suffer at the hands of the people closest to them.

The multi-million pound boost comes from a £20 million investment designated specifically to help transform the lives of victims of domestic abuse set aside in the Budget and it is part of our wider work to tackle violence against women and children.

The government will assess the applications before informing successful groups in the autumn. Applications will be open until 19 September.

The NSPCC have championed greater support for children affected by domestic abuse. The charity’s Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) service supports mothers and children who have experienced domestic abuse, through group work and activities together. The NSPCC deliver the programme in 3 areas and have also trained 15 other organisations who provide the service in their areas.

Almudena Lara, NSPCC Head of Policy, said:

The NSPCC receives thousands of contacts every year about frightened children living with domestic abuse across the country, and we know that it can cause serious harm to children’s emotional and physical wellbeing.

We want all children, and their parents, who have suffered domestic abuse to have access to the right services to help keep them safe and recover from these traumatic experiences.

Through the Violence Against Woman and Girls (VAWG) service transformation fund the Home Office has already funded programmes aimed at supporting children affected by domestic abuse.

This has included a project in Cambridge, which provides long-term support for young victims and survivors of VAWG and young perpetrators, and a scheme in Southwark, where youngsters who have not engaged with existing support services are given bespoke support.

The fund comes as the government continues to work towards publishing its draft Domestic Abuse Bill following the domestic abuse public consultation earlier this year, which received more than 3,200 responses. This world-leading piece of legislation will create stronger powers to intervene early to stop abuse occurring, pursue perpetrators, and protect and support victims and survivors.

Measures included in the consultation include:

  • new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to allow police and courts to act earlier and more effectively when abuse is suspected – these could include compulsory alcohol treatment, attending a programme to address perpetrators’ underlying attitudes or addictions, and using electronic tagging to monitor them
  • the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse recognising the many kinds of abuse suffered(psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional) – this will help to improve understanding among front-line professionals, law enforcement officers and prosecutors
  • the creation of a domestic abuse commissioner to stand up for victims, monitor the provision of domestic abuse services and hold the government to account

The consultation also includes further proposals, for example, to put a new statutory aggravating factor in law, similar to those already in place for hate crimes. This would mean courts would have to consider tougher sentences up to the maximum penalty available, especially when children are involved.

You can read more information on how to apply for the fund.

Welsh Government Working With DECA On Plans For Second Welsh Advanced Manufacturing And Research Institute

The Welsh Government has made significant progress in its plans to establish a second Advanced Manufacturing and Research Institute (AMRI) in North Wales, Economy Secretary Ken Skates has said

Jason Leeks, DECA Head of strategy and Governance hosted the Deeside Enterprise Zone (DEZ) Board and Welsh Government’s Economy Secretary, Mr Ken Skates who was in attendance at this particularly important meeting of the Enterprise Zone Board

Jason Leeks, DECA Head of strategy and Governance hosted the Deeside Enterprise Zone (DEZ) Board and Welsh Government’s Economy Secretary, Mr Ken Skates who was in attendance at this particularly important meeting of the Enterprise Zone Board

The Economy Secretary confirmed that following a meeting of the Deeside Enterprise Zone on 13 July, the Welsh Government has declared its intention to work with the Enterprise Zone Board and the Ministry of Defence led by the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA), to develop a proposal that would see Wales’ second AMRI situated on MOD land adjacent to the Deeside Industrial Park Interchange.

Wales second AMRI follows the first in Broughton which is currently under construction and due to open by the end of 2019.

Speaking ahead of his visit to the Farnborough Air Show, Ken Skates said:

News that DECA are keen to work with us to develop an AMRI on Deeside is incredibly positive and exciting, particularly given DECA’s prominence as a world leader in the test and repair of avionic and electronic component support services.

Both I and the Deeside Enterprise Zone are hugely encouraged that the MOD supports, in principle, the use of such a prominent and accessible piece of land at the gateway to North Wales for this exciting project, and I am delighted to announce this as I travel to Farnborough to celebrate Wales’ thriving and successful aerospace sector.

In developing our plans for Wales’ second AMRI we have listened carefully to the needs of business. As a result of that dialogue we intend to develop the second AMRI as an open access centre, which will include a real focus on skills development across the advanced manufacturing & materials and technology sectors. Delivering everything from apprenticeships right through to postdoctoral research it will be a real jewel in North Wales’ crown.

I am confident the second AMRI in Wales will be of huge benefit to companies across North Wales, including in the aerospace sector, and I look forward to attracting significant high value inward investors to the region, many of whom are already showing a keen interest.

Defence Minister Guto Bebb said:

The development of a second AMRI in Wales will provide a real boost to industry and demonstrates how Defence delivers for Wales. This announcement follows the publication of the Dunne Review this week which highlights that defence invests £945 million in Welsh industry and supports over 6,000 industry jobs.

Speaking before attending the Farnborough Air Show where DECA are exhibiting, Geraint Spearing, Chief Executive, Defence Electronics and Components Agency said

Following the announcement in November 2016 that DECA and its industry partners BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman would become the global hub for F-35 component repair, I am delighted to be able to support Welsh Government, in principle on behalf of MOD, in taking forward their proposed plans for a second AMRI at DECA.

I am also tremendously proud that, should this proposal proceed, we will be able to continue DECA’s commitment to growing apprenticeships and high-end manufacturing skills now and in the future supporting local, regional and national job sustainment, Welsh Government’s advanced manufacturing and skills strategies and the UK Government’s Prosperity Agenda.

The Economy Secretary is visiting Farnborough to meet key players from the Aerospace Sector and celebrate the successes of companies based in Wales.

While at the show he will meet representatives of a range of Aerospace companies and organisations including Raytheon, Thales, Dennis Ferrati, Otto Fuchs and DECA.

The Economy Secretary will also visit the Qatar Airways Stand who have recently begun daily direct flights between Cardiff and Doha.

These, along with the direct Manchester flights serving North Wales, are opening up tourism and business links between Wales and vibrant markets in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand China and India.

Ambassador Deborah L. Birx Travel To Amsterdam

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, is on travel to Amsterdam, The Netherlands from July 20-27, leading the U.S. delegation to the 22nd International AIDS Conference.

While in Amsterdam, Ambassador Birx will provide several keynote addresses at the conference and meet with key partners of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), including senior officials from governments, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society.

For further information, contact SGACPublicAffairs@state.gov. Follow the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at @PEPFAR and www.pepfar.gov.

Statement By The Government Of The United Kingdom On The Situation In Nicaragua

Statement by the Government of the United Kingdom on the situation in Nicaragua

Parliament Street

Parliament Street

The worsening situation in Nicaragua is alarming. The United Kingdom reiterates its condemnation of the violence in Nicaragua, in particular the deliberate excessive use of force by police and pro-government armed groups against the people of Nicaragua, which has led to an increasing number of injuries and deaths. The United Kingdom remains deeply concerned by reports of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, torture and intimidation.

The Nicaraguan Government has a responsibility to end the violence, protect its citizens and ensure perpetrators of abuses are brought to justice. The United Kingdom urges the authorities to heed the recommendations made by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in their latest report, respect the right to freedom of expression and assembly, and set the right conditions for inclusive dialogue to resume.

The United Kingdom welcomes the mediation role played by the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference and encourages all parties to commit to a peaceful resolution of the crisis. The United Kingdom welcomes the Nicaraguan Government’s invitations to the IACHR and the UN to investigate abuses, and to the EU to support the national dialogue, and urges the authorities to allow them to carry out their work fully without hindrance. The United Kingdom is pleased that the EU is ready to accompany and support the Dialogue and has reinforced its support to Human Rights Defenders and human rights organisations.

Ransomware “Rakhni” Doubles Its Threat By Adding Cryptomining Function, Stealthcare Reports

"If your organization uses cryptocurrencies for any transactions, you are a cryptojacking target," cybersecurity expert Jeremy Samide, Stealthcare CEO

Jeremy Samide, Stealthcare CEO, warns organizations worldwide of latest cryptomining threat.

Rakhni, the family of ransomware that emerged in 2013, has just added cryptomining, to the ransomware component of this malware, doubling the threat to government, business and not-for-profit organizations.

Jeremy Samide, international threat assessment authority, and Stealthcare CEO, points out, “While so much recent media attention is given over to state actors such as Russia and North Korea, the biggest threats to private businesses and organizations come from criminal enterprises motivated by greed. Organizations that use cryptocurrencies for any of their transactions are juicy targets, along with law firms and healthcare organizations, whose reputations rest on confidentiality.”

Samide explains how Rakhni works: “Rakhni’s downloader decides whether to infect individual victims with the ransomware component or increasingly with its new cryptominer. While this latest peril represents a shift toward relying on cryptomining for ill-gotten gain, ransomware will continue to threaten organizations by denying users access. The common thread is that threats actors in both cases want to be paid in cryptocurrencies.

Samide went on to say, “Over the past several years, the popularity of cryptocurrencies has grown exponentially, attracting the attention of threat actors who thrive on their anonymity. High-profile ransomware attackers use malware such as WannaCry and NotPetya to lock out system users and demand ransom payments in cryptocurrencies. With cryptomining, criminals skip the ransomware step, and go directly to stripmining the victim’s accounts of its assets.”

Samide reported on Rakhni’s new threat in their weekly client publication: “The anonymity of cryptocurrencies makes them a perfect vehicle to monetize criminal activity in relative obscurity.  Moreover, hackers are shifting focus away from Bitcoin and Etherium, while focusing on newer, less-well known currencies such as Monero, Coinhive and Zcash that are even less traceable than the legacy currencies.”

Explains Samide, whose cybersecurity firm Stealthcare, is based in the US and Canada, “In-browser cryptojacking relies on JavaScripts, which are installed on popular websites and available to anyone with felonious intent. Using JavaScript, the hacker infects the victim’s own browser with crypto mining malware that secretly diverts small amounts of currency at a time to his own account.”

Facing expansion and growing sophistication of cyber threats, Stealthcare has changed cybersecurity from defense to a more aggressive posture that relies on early warning, threat assessment, cutting edge machine learning technology and human intelligence. Stealthcare’s proprietary platform Zero Day Live, for example, detected increasing trends in cryptomining and cryptojacking attacks when they first emerged and provided its clients with advance warning and countermeasures to ward off the attacks.

Samide concludes, “Playing defense is no longer adequate. When we developed Zero Day Live, it became the world’s first complete cyber threat intelligence aggregation platform to spot emerging trends, uncover actionable information, and report on high-value intelligence that allows companies to respond quickly to impending threats.”  Stealthcare researchers and technical staff also provide ongoing assistance to clients that includes human threat assessment and, if need be, disaster recovery and follow-up tactics to hinder future attacks.

Jeremy Samide is available for media interviews and to speak on cybersecurity issues including our response to Russian election meddling and cybersecurity threat intelligence technology and trends. 

About Stealthcare
Stealthcare is a research-based, solutions-focused cybersecurity firm providing turnkey solutions offering a unique cyber threat intelligence platform called Zero Day Live as well as cyber risk and advisory services.  Stealthcare is headquartered in Cleveland with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.

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