Ex-police officer jailed for at least 28 years for pregnant girlfriend’s murder – The Guardian

‘An “obsessively jealous” former police officer who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend to death has been jailed for a minimum of 28 years.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2014

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End of the ASBO: “community trigger” scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 14th, 2014 in ASBOs, domestic violence, legislation, news, victims by sally

With the Scottish referendum dominating the headlines last month, the introduction of the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the Act”) has been somewhat overshadowed. However, fanfare or no fanfare, the Act is coming into force this month (in the main) on 20 October 2014. The Act not only marks the end of the “ASBO” but also introduces new, important powers aimed at “putting the victim first”. These powers are only useful, however, if people know about them.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th October 2014

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Dog breeder murder trial accused made ‘dreadful display of violence’ – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2014 in domestic violence, firearms, murder, news by sally

‘A dog breeder shot his partner and her daughter in a “dreadful display of violence” after he claimed they had been tormenting him, a court heard.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2014

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Kristopher Mitchell jailed for Jessica Watkins murder – BBC News

Posted October 7th, 2014 in domestic violence, guilty pleas, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Newport man has been jailed for life after he stabbed and strangled his girlfriend as she lay in the bath.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2014

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European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

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Aston Robinson guilty of Kayleigh-Anne Palmer’s scarf murder – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing, video recordings by sally

‘A man who strangled his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend with a scarf has been jailed for life for her murder.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2014

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Domestic violence victims are being forced to face abusers in court ordeal, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘Growing numbers of domestic violence victims are being quizzed by their former partners in court due to cuts in legal aid which have led to a rise in litigation-in-person cases, family law specialists are warning.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2014

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Regina (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in domestic violence, immigration, law reports, regulations by tracey

Regina (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: [2014] EWHC 2453 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 403

‘There was no general discretion under section E-DVILR 1.2(b) of Appendix FM of the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC 395) to provide public funds and for indefinite leave to remain to foreign nationals living in the United Kingdom who became victims of domestic violence.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2014

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Police criticised over handling of stalking victim shot dead by husband – The Guardian

‘A police force has been criticised for “weaknesses and shortcomings” in the way it handled fears raised by a stalking victim before she was shot dead by her estranged husband.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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Court to decide on domestic abuse legal aid challenge – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2014 in domestic violence, evidence, family courts, legal aid, news, victims by tracey

‘The High Court is due to decide whether to allow a challenge to rules that determine whether victims of domestic abuse get legal aid in family cases.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2014

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Murder victim Becky McPhee ‘failed by Merseyside Police’ – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2014 in assault, bail, domestic violence, murder, news, police by tracey

‘A series of police blunders contributed to the death of a woman who was murdered by her estranged husband after years of domestic abuse.’

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BBC News, 17th September 2014

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Domestic Violence Update – the latest developments practitioners need to know about – Family Law Week

‘Mandip Ghai, solicitor and legal officer, with Rights of Women, updates practitioners on developments in the prevention of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2014

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and Amy Starnes solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published by Family Law Week in August.’

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Family Law Week, 5th September 2014

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Legal aid: children and the residence test – government response to the JCHR – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 5th, 2014 in children, domestic violence, human rights, legal aid, reports by tracey

‘Government response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ (JCHR) first report of the 2014 to 2015 session.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th September 2014

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Domestic abuse: how to tackle non-violent control – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 1st, 2014 in criminal justice, domestic violence, evidence, news by sally

‘Those who abuse their partners through coercive and controlling behaviour, such as depriving them of money, could face prison under a proposed new offence. The government is seeking views on whether a specific, non-violent domestic abuse offence will help tackle the problem by making police take the crime more seriously and showing perpetrators and victims of abuse that such behaviour is wrong. Comments on the proposal are requested by 15 October 2014.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 29th August 2014

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Rebecca Ayres’s jealous boyfriend is jailed for life after admitting murder

Posted August 27th, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing, women by sally

‘A jealous boyfriend who murdered his girlfriend after rowing over her three-year-old son’s christening has been jailed for life.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2014

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Domestic abuse crime considered by ministers – BBC News

‘A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under plans being considered by ministers. Home Secretary Theresa May is consulting on creating the offence in England and Wales as part of attempts to improve police performance. Existing law already covers coercive and controlling behaviour – but it does not explicitly apply to relationships.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2014

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Leanne Meecham murder: Stepfather Simon Meecham jailed – BBC News

Posted August 18th, 2014 in domestic violence, inquiries, murder, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘A “jealous” man convicted of the murder of his stepdaughter, who was also his former lover, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2014

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Leanne Meecham death: Stepfather guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2014 in alcoholism, domestic violence, murder, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of the “violent and vicious” murder of his stepdaughter, who was also his former lover.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2014

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Cheltenham man murdered his ex-wife and hid body in bed – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who murdered his ex-wife and hid her body in her own bed, where it lay undiscovered for three weeks, has been jailed for at least 16 years.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2014

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