Update! Our Know Your Human Rights tool for women survivors has now been launched. You can access it herewww.knowyourhumanrights-domesticabusesurvivors.co.uk

We have been working on the development of our new tool which will support women to know their human rights and the duties of public services to respect and protect these, not only to keep them safe (which is vital) but to also help rebuild their lives. The tool is in its final stages of testing and design, and it will be launched in January 2021 and free to access for all! You can find out more about this work here.

As part of this year's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we're sharing five exclusive features of the tool!

We'll be releasing the images and the related information on this page, updating it on the relevant days of the 16 Days of Activism (Day 2, Day 5, Day 7, Day 10 and Day 13!) - so make sure to keep checking back!

Day 2: first exclusive feature

Introduction to the tool and the tool's homepage!

Here is sneak preview of the homepage of our new tool! It's the first page you'll see when you access the tool, and from here you can access a whole host of different features -  taking a look at all the resources, or taking a look at one part of the tool and coming back another day to look another. You can click on accessible landing buttons on this homepage to access more information, or use the handy navigation tabs at the top of the page!

Day 5: second exclusive feature

My Rights

Knowing the language of human rights is so important and can help you have more productive interactions with public services. This section of the tool will give you an introduction to human rights, what the different rights are and how they are protected.

Day 7: Third Exclusive Feature

What rights do I have?

This section of the tool delves into each of your rights, explaining: what the right is and what it protects; how it might apply to your life with examples; and how the right works in operation, such as whether public bodies can restrict the right.

Day 10: Fourth Exclusive Feature

Using Human Rights in Real Life

This tool explains how human rights can be used in everyday life. The women we have spoken to us whilst making this tool told us that using the language of human rights made them more confident when talking to public services, like the police, social work services and housing services. This section of the tool includes stories of women who have used human rights when interacting with different public services.

Knowing about your rights and how they work is a powerful tool when interacting with public bodies. Our Human Rights Officer Eilidh has recently written a blog on human rights and their importance for women rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse. You can read it here.

The tool is in its final stages of testing and designed. The tool will be launched in January 2021 and will be free to access for all. If you would like to be involved in the final stages of testing the tool or find out more about the launch you can fill in this quick survey here.

Day 13: Fifth Exclusive Feature

Duties on Public Bodies and Officials

In this area of the tool, you learn in more detail about the duties on public bodies, including the police, to respect, protect and promote human rights. By using examples and cases from real life, the tool helps you to apply the situations to your life and know how to use the lnaguage of human rights to hold public bodies to account. Knowledge is power!