Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th September 2016

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‘Child houses’ to be set up for young sex abuse victims – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, children, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Two so-called “child houses” are to be set up to support victims of sexual abuse and help them through the court process, the home secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2016

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Some victims may boycott the troubled sex abuse inquiry. What has gone wrong? – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Even the fiercest critic of Dame Lowell Goddard must admit she’s got a point. Earlier this week, Goddard revealed why she resigned last month as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. She sent a 10-page critique of the setup of the inquiry to the home affairs select committee, saying it was too big, took in too many institutions (church, councils, schools, Westminster, Medomsley detention centre – to name but a few of its 13 strands), was too complex, went back too far (60 years), would take too long (possibly 10 years), and was underfunded.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2016

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‘I needed my voice to be heard’: readers on restorative justice – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2016 in news, restorative justice, victims by sally

‘From victims to facilitators, here’s what some of our readers said about their experiences.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2016

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Have you taken part in restorative justice? – The Guardian

Posted September 2nd, 2016 in news, restorative justice, select committees, victims by sally

‘A parliamentary committee has said victims of crime in England and Wales should be given the right to restorative justice, once the criminal justice system develops sufficient capacity.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2016

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Victims should be able to confront criminals, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2016 in criminal justice, news, restorative justice, select committees, victims by sally

‘Victims of crime in England and Wales should be given the right to restorative justice – where they can confront the criminal who harmed them – once the criminal justice system develops sufficient capacity, a parliamentary committee is to recommend.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2016

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Decision not to prosecute Sir Cliff Richard in abuse investigation under review – The Guardian

‘The decision not to press charges in the abuse investigation against Sir Cliff Richard is being reviewed.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2016

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Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme ensuring justice for victims of crime and their families – Attorney General’s Office

Posted August 25th, 2016 in appeals, news, sentencing, statistics, victims by sally

‘More than 100 offenders had their prison sentences lengthened following referrals by the Attorney and Solicitor General to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme during 2015.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 24th August 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Successful compensation appeal by rape victim – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Upper Tribunal has ruled that, in deciding whether or not an applicant has cooperated with the prosecution of her assailant where she made and later retracted an allegation of rape, it was necessary to see why that retraction was made and whether it was done truly voluntarily, rather than simply assessing whether she was responsible for the retraction.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd August 2016

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Slavery reports rise fivefold, Salvation Army says – BBC News

‘The Salvation Army says it has seen nearly a fivefold rise in the number of slavery victims it has helped in England and Wales since 2012.’

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BBC News, 22nd August 2016

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The Dangerous Dogs Act 25 years on: How effective has it been? – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2016 in dogs, news, statistics, victims by sally

‘Twenty-five years ago, Britain became one of the first countries in the world to ban certain breeds of dog. BBC News examines whether the Dangerous Dogs Act has been effective.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2016

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Nigel Wilkinson jailed: Photographer who drugged and raped two men receives 11 year sentence – The Independent

Posted August 15th, 2016 in DNA, drug offences, evidence, guilty pleas, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Nigel Wilkinson, the photographer who drugged and raped two men at his Bristol home, has been jailed for 11 and a half years.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2016

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Peter Sutcliffe could be tried for attacks on up to 13 other victims – Daily Telegraph

‘Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe could face a new trial for a series of previously unsolved attacks on women.’
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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2016

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Domestic abuse privacy breach: Greater Manchester Police pays victim – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2016 in compensation, domestic violence, news, police, privacy, victims by tracey

‘A domestic abuse victim has received £75,000 from a police force after it revealed details of her treatment by a former boyfriend without her consent.’

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BBC News, 11th August 2016

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High court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted accusation under duress – The Guardian

‘A domestic violence victim who was jailed for retracting an allegation of rape, which was actually true, will have her compensation increased after an appeal judge ruled she had been unfairly punished for failing to fully cooperate with police.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2016

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Modern Slavery Act 2015 review: one year on – Home Office

‘An independent review into the effectiveness of the criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 one year after coming into effect.’

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Home Office, 31st July 2016

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Cybercriminal “Sir King Cash” ordered to pay back over half a million pounds – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Fraudster Sean Benson, who went by the screen name “Sir King Cash”, has been ordered to pay back £554,000 by a judge at Southwark Crown Court. Benson now has three months in which to pay back the money or face a further five years in jail. All of the money will be paid back to the victims of the fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 29th July 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Rise in child sexual abuse cases threatens other policing, warns chair of commissioners – The Guardian

‘Police struggling to cope with a huge escalation in the number of child sexual exploitation cases fear it “may grow to threaten other aspects of effective policing”, the new chair of police commissioners has warned.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2016

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Survivors must have a stronger voice in Goddard abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2016 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Justice Lowell Goddard will be unable to deliver justice or tackle child sex abuse if her inquiry sidelines survivors.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Criminal injuries compensation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The courts have tackled the issue of compensation for criminal injuries inflicted before birth.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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