South Yorkshire Police crime recording criticised in new report – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2014 in child abuse, news, police, reports, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal is still failing to record crimes against children properly, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2014

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How can we prevent another Rotherham? – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2014 in child abuse, news, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘It’s not about individuals. Abuse scandals on the same scale will happen again unless we root out systemic failings in Britain – Keir Starmer.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2014

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Victims’ right to review – could it affect the criminal justice system? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 28th, 2014 in appeals, criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, news, victims by sally

‘Several criminals have been found guilty after victims of crime successfully appealed against the CPS’ original decisions not to bring charges. What has been the effect of the introduction of the “right to review scheme”? And could it affect the criminal justice system?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th August 2014

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Rotherham sex abuse scandal: Victims seeking millions in compensation – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims of child sex exploitation in Rotherham launch a class action against the local council and police for failings that allowed years of abuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2014

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Rape case warning over Tory plan to rewrite human rights law – The Guardian

Posted August 28th, 2014 in human rights, news, rape, victims by sally

‘Victims of rape may experience a decline in the standards of police investigations if David Cameron presses ahead with plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and loosen Britain’s commitments under the European convention on human rights, a new campaign warns.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2014

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Victim of trafficking can claim compensation despite illegal entry to UK – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court has ruled that victims may in some circumstance recover damages from their traffickers. Overturning the judgment of the Court of Appeal that the illegality of the underlying contract ruled out the claim for compensation, the majority held that to permit the trafficker to escape liability would be “an affront” to public policy. The judgment has far reaching implications in this area because, by its very nature, human trafficking often involves illegality.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th August 2014

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Criminals jailed by magistrates to pay victim surcharge – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2014 in imprisonment, magistrates, news, restorative justice, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Criminals jailed by magistrates’ courts in England and Wales will no longer be excused from victim surcharge payments by serving extra prison time.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2014

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What is the point of victim impact statements? – The Independent

Posted August 6th, 2014 in bereavement, confidentiality, data protection, evidence, judges, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘A parole judge has apologised to bereaved parents for saying that victim impact statements make no difference. So what are they really for? Paul Gallagher finds out.’

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The Independent, 6th August 2014

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Judge says victim statements make ‘no difference’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 5th, 2014 in judges, news, parole, victims by sally

‘Judge apologises for comments overheard by bereaved family at a parole hearing but insists their statements cannot affect judgements over prisoners’ risk.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2014

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Regina (OP) v Secretary of State for Justice (Just for Kids Law intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (OP) v Secretary of State for Justice (Just for Kids Law intervening) [2014] EWHC 1944 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 348

‘It might be a necessary requirement to provide a full registered (rather than non-registered) intermediary when an individual of special vulnerability, who was in jeopardy by reason of being before the courts upon criminal accusation, came to give evidence, as such a person should be put in the best position to do themselves justice.’

WLR Daily, 13th June 2014

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Savile estate cash ‘to go to lawyers, not victims’ – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2014 in charities, compensation, fees, legal profession, news, victims by michael

‘A charity set up by Jimmy Savile has warned a compensation scheme for the sex abuser’s victims could result in millions being paid in lawyers’ fees.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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Police launch scheme for victims to choose punishment – Daily Telegraph

‘A Police and Crime Commissioner has launched scheme to allow victims to decide how criminals should be punished. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2014

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Judge allegedly falls asleep during child rape trial – The Guardian

‘An investigation has been launched following claims a judge fell asleep in court, causing a child rape trial to be halted.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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DPP to examine treatment of witnesses after abuse victim’s death – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions (DPP) said she recognised the “real issue” over whether victims and witnesses are treated fairly after the death of a sex abuse victim sparked calls for reform.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2014

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Police chiefs were aware six years ago that undercover unit ‘had lost moral compass’ – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2014 in families, firearms, news, police, spying, victims by tracey

‘The Scotland Yard undercover unit that gathered intelligence on 18 grieving families was known by police chiefs six years ago to have been so out of control it had “lost [its] moral compass” and become a “force within a force”.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

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Parents who allow female genital mutilation will be prosecuted – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in anonymity, crime, female genital mutilation, news, victims by sally

‘Parents will be prosecuted if they fail to prevent their daughter being cut, and all victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) will get lifelong anonymity, David Cameron will say on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

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Victim right of review scheme sees 146 suspects charged with offences – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2014 in criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘Almost 150 suspects have been charged for offences after alleged victims appealed against decisions not to prosecute them under the new right to review scheme, according to new figures.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2014

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Transforming the criminal justice system: strategy and action plan – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 16th, 2014 in computer programs, criminal justice, delay, reports, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘The “Criminal justice system 2014 to 2015: strategy and action plan” is an update on the version published last year.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2014

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Lady Butler-Sloss stands down from child-abuse inquiry – The Guardian

‘Lady Butler-Sloss, the retired high court judge, has resigned as chair of the panel that is due to examine the extent to which public institutions failed to investigate allegations of child abuse.

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The Guardian, 14th July 2014

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Child abuse victims to sue Government – The Independent

‘An alleged victim of historical child abuse has instructed lawyers over his intention to take legal action, claiming the Government is in breach of its obligations to victims of abuse. The victim, who has asked not to be named for legal reasons, believes the government has not lived up to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees respect for home life. Had it done so, it is claimed, many more victims would have come forward to assist the police. The victim is an alleged survivor of child abuse at Grafton Close, a care home run by Richmond Borough Council in south-west London.’

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The Independent, 13th July 2014

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