The DPP’s tough new rape guidelines: What are they and why are they so important? – The Independent

Posted January 30th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘Rape suspects will now have a greater burden of responsibility to demonstrate how a possible victim consented “with full capacity and freedom to do so” to authorities.’

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The Independent, 29th January 2015

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Sex abuse inquiry: ‘Victims receive death threats’ after MPs release names online – The Independent

Posted January 30th, 2015 in inquiries, news, privacy, select committees, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Survivors of sex abuse say they have received death threats and been approached by their abusers, after MPs published their details online last week.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2015

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Give slavery victims ‘freedom from prosecution for minor crimes’ – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in bills, crime, forced labour, gangs, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Granting victims of slavery immunity from prosecution to give evidence about exploitation will be a key tool in tackling organised gangs, according to the officer in charge of coordinating new investigative powers.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Victims’ commissioner: Complaints are not being taken seriously – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, news, reports, victims by sally

‘ ”Something is going terribly wrong” with the way victims of crime are treated by the system, says the victims’ tsar.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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Domestic violence challenge on legal aid fails – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has rejected a challenge to the legality of government changes to legal aid for victims of domestic violence.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd January 2015

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Child abuse victims’ lawyer calls for swift decision on inquiry panel’s future – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2015 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, select committees, victims by sally

‘A lawyer representing victims of child abuse has called for a swift decision by Theresa May on the future of the independent panel set up to investigate institutional abuse amid concerns that evidence is being lost or destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2015

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Virgin teenager Ben Moynihan: Guilty of stabbing women – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2015 in attempts, autism, murder, news, victims, violence, young persons by sally

‘An 18-year-old man has been found guilty of attempting to stab three women to death.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2015

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DPP to consult on greater assistance to victims giving evidence at court – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today [19 January 2015] published a major consultation on the approach to ensuring victims are properly assisted for the trial process at court and called for an overhaul of the service provided to witnesses to ensure that they are able to give the best possible evidence. The proposals are subject to an eight week public consultation.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th January 2015

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Rape victims will be warned of defence lawyer tactics under new guidelines – Daily Telegraph

‘Director of Public Prosecutions launches controversial new guidelines intended to help victims and witnesses through giving evidence in court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2015

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Judge criticised after claiming 16-year-old pupil groomed teacher – The Guardian

‘A judge is facing criticism after she handed down a suspended sentence to a teacher found guilty of having sex with a pupil and said the 16-year-old girl had “groomed” him.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2015

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Child abuse survivors push Theresa May to save independent inquiry – The Guardian

Posted January 15th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘Theresa May is under intense pressure to save the independent inquiry into child abuse after survivors groups condemned it as a mess and demanded she rip up the process and start again.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2015

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Updated CPS-Police Rape Protocol launched as DPP warns of rising caseloads – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 14th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, police, press releases, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A joint protocol, created and implemented by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Police has been launched today [Thursday 8 January 2015], setting out how to deal with all rape cases from the initial complaint to after the verdict in a trial.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th January 2015

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National Crime Agency v Robb – WLR Daily

Posted January 14th, 2015 in fraud, law reports, proceeds of crime, victims by tracey

National Crime Agency v Robb; [2014] EWHC 4384 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 1

‘The court gave guidance on the hearing of applications brought by victims of fraud under section 182 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 as to the principles to be applied in following and tracing recoverable property obtained by the defendant through unlawful conduct.’

WLR Daily, 23rd December 2014

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Blair: without IRA letters, peace process would have collapsed – The Guardian

‘Giving evidence to MPs, former prime minister defends his role in allowing the on-the-run scheme in 1999.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

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Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report – The Guardian

‘Women detained in the Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are routinely humiliated by male staff who monitor them while they are dressing, showering and using the toilet, or are naked in their rooms, a report into the treatment of female asylum seekers reveals. The report, by the charity Women for Refugee Women, noted that many female asylum seekers detained at Yarl’s Wood, in Bedfordshire, have been victims of sexual violence in their home countries.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2015

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Rape trials rise by 30% as courts fight to clear caseload – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘Prosecutors are experiencing a 30% surge in the number of rape trials as courts struggle to cope with a backlog of historical allegations and fresh cases.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2015

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Using the Inherent Jurisdiction to Disrupt Child Sexual Exploitation – Family Law Week

Posted January 7th, 2015 in children, injunctions, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims, young persons by tracey

‘Heather Popley, barrister of No 5 Chambers, examines the innovative use of civil injunctions in the recent Birmingham case.’

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Family Law Week, 30th December 2015

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Ched Evans: Attorney general’s office probe into website – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2015 in attorney general, contempt of court, employment, internet, news, rape, sentencing, sport, victims by tracey

‘The attorney general’s office is considering whether a website supporting convicted rapist Ched Evans breached contempt of court laws.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2014

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The legal issues in the Ched Evans case – BBC News

‘Footballer Ched Evans is still looking for a new club after being released from prison last October, having served half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in May 2011.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2014

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Government to create new domestic abuse offence – Home Office

Posted December 19th, 2014 in domestic violence, news, victims, women by sally

‘Home Secretary sets out new law to criminalise coercive and controlling behaviour.’

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Home Office, 18th December 2014

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