Revising the Victims’ Code – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 24th, 2015 in codes of practice, consultations, crime, news, victims by sally

‘The statutory Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (“the Code”) places obligations on core criminal justice agencies to provide victims of crime with support and information.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2015

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

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Country’s worst landlord blames tenants for property convictions – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in landlord & tenant, local government, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘A London landlord has been convicted for property offences seven times but believes she is the victim, not her tenants.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Theresa May unlawfully detained potential trafficking victims, court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2015 in detention, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, failed to protect three potential victims of trafficking who were locked up in an immigration detention centre, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2015

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Revenge porn victims include pensioner in 60s and girls as young as 11 – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 16th, 2015 in harassment, news, pornography, victims by tracey

‘Victims of revenge porn have ranged from a pensioner in her 60s and girls as young as 11, according to the latest police figures.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th July 2015

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Royal Household will fall in sights of £100m child sex abuse inquiry – Daily Telegraph

‘The child sex abuse inquiry is set to last five years and cost up to £100 million, it has been confirmed, as it emerged the Royal Household will not be exempt from scrutiny over paedophile allegations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2015

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Legal aid restrictions for domestic abuse loosened – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 9th, 2015 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, regulations, trials, victims by sally

‘The government has loosened a controversial restriction preventing some victims of domestic abuse from accessing legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th July 2015

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Eleanor de Freitas rape case: Legal bid for new inquest – Daily Telegraph

‘Family of vulnerable 23-year-old woman who took own life after being charged with making false rape claim launch new legal bid.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2015

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Historical child sexual abuse inquiry to open on 9 July – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales will be formally opened next Thursday, it has been announced.’

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BBC News, 3rd July 2015

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The “Black Cab Rapist” – Court of Appeal rules on Article 3 investigative duty – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 7th, 2015 in appeals, human rights, London, news, police, victims by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that the police have a positive duty under Article 3 ECHR to conduct investigations into alleged ill-treatment by private individuals. There is a sliding scale from deliberate torture by State officials to the consequences of negligence by non-State agents. The margin of appreciation enjoyed by the State in terms of complying with the Article 3 procedural duty widens at the bottom of the scale but narrows at the top.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th July 2015

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Council secures lifelong reporting restrictions order in favour of 17-year-old – Local Government Lawyer

‘Birmingham City Council has secured a lifelong reporting restrictions order (RRO) in favour of a 17-year-old woman, AB, who was sexually exploited by ten respondents to the proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2015

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Domestic abusers to wear GPS tracking devices – Daily Telegraph

‘Northumbria Police unveil a pilot scheme that will allow victims of domestic abuse to be warned when there ex-partners are close by.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2015

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Greville Janner case: Alison Saunders faces calls to publish secret papers – Daily Telegraph

‘Alleged child abuse victims and MPs say independent review of bungled case must be made public.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th June 2015

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The Lord Janner U-turn is the CPS’s own fault – The Guardian

‘Between the independent reviewer and the DPP there’s no disagreement on facts, but ultimately it’s highly unlikely Janner will appear in court.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Policeman who slept with rape victim to dodge gross misconduct charge – The Guardian

‘Decision to let DS Robert Dawson retire contradicts new regulations by Theresa May to stop officers avoiding disciplinary action by quitting the force.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2015

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Number of sexual assaults reported on children rises to 85 a day – The Guardian

‘Police are recording 85 sexual assaults on children each day after an increase of more than a third in reports of abuse and exploitation, new figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2015

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Rape victims failed by under-resourced police and prosecutors, report finds – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, rape, reports, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Rape victims are being failed by a lack of resources among police and prosecutors, a new report has found.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2015

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Believing victims – OUP Blog

Posted May 26th, 2015 in news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Hampshire Constabulary are the latest in a long line of police forces obliged to apologise to a victim of crime for failing to investigate an allegation properly. In this case, a young woman accused a man of rape. She was not believed; forensic examination of clothing was delayed; in the meanwhile, the complainant was threatened with arrest for ‘perverting the course of justice’ and she attempted suicide. Eventually, following belated forensic analysis, the man was arrested and has since then been convicted.’

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OUP Blog, 22nd May 2015

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Phone hacking at Trinity Mirror ‘widespread’ for a decade, says judge – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘Phone hacking at the tabloid publisher Trinity Mirror was “widespread and frequent” for a decade, a high court judge has ruled as he ordered the company to pay a record £1.2m in privacy damages to eight victims, including the actor Sadie Frost and ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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How are the proceeds of crime recovered? – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in assets recovery, compensation, news, proceeds of crime, victims by sally

‘The prime minister has announced new plans to seize the wages of illegal workers as proceeds of crime as part of a new immigration strategy. But how does the UK go about recovering the proceeds of crime, and what challenges might the new plans throw up?’

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BBC News, 21st May 2015

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Rape victim falsely accused of lying by police wins £20,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A rape victim falsely accused of lying by detectives has won £20,000 in damages after suing police under the Human Rights Act. The woman, who cannot be named, was 17 when a man raped her in Winchester in April 2012 after a night out with friends. Her mother reported the attack hours later and the victim told officers her T-shirt may contain her attacker’s DNA.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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