FCO reviews policy of making forced marriage victims pay for flights – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2017 in costs, forced marriages, news, repayment, victims by tracey

‘The Foreign Office is to review its policy on forced marriage after the Guardian revealed that victims are ordered to repay the government the costs of their repatriation.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2017

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Review into child abuse in football makes first call for evidence – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2017 in child abuse, evidence, news, sexual offences, sport, victims by tracey

‘The independent review into allegations of child abuse in football has made its first call for evidence. Set up by the Football Association and led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review has written to all football clubs in England and Wales, amateur and professional, asking for information about allegations of child sexual abuse between 1970 and 2005.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2017

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Keir Starmer gagged in Commons debate on victims’ law – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2017 in bills, news, parliament, victims by sally

‘Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and former director of public prosecutions, is being prevented by parliamentary rules from speaking in a debate about the rights of crime victims.’

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The Guardian, 9th Janaury 2017

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Whiplash reforms treat victims ‘like an inconvenience’ – APIL – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 5th, 2017 in consultations, fraud, legal profession, news, personal injuries, small claims, victims by tracey

‘Claimant lawyers have mounted an all-out attack on the government’s plans to overhaul the personal injury sector as the deadline approaches for responses to a consultation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2017

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Truss orders review to ban abusers tormenting victims in family courts – The Guardian

‘The Justice Secretary has set up an emergency review to find the quickest way to ban perpetrators of domestic abuse from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2017

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Statement from the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: Cross-examination of vulnerable people – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 4th, 2017 in cross-examination, family courts, press releases, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘I have been raising since 2014 the pressing need to reform the way in which vulnerable people give evidence in family proceedings. I have made clear my view that the family justice system lags woefully behind the criminal justice system.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 30th December 2016

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Woman deceived by undercover officer accuses police of delaying lawsuit – The Guardian

‘A woman who is suing police after discovering that she had a sexual relationship with an undercover officer has accused police of using a variety of delaying tactics to obstruct her legal action.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2016

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The new domestic violence bill has finally been passed – but there’s a disappointing reason it took so long – The Independent

Posted December 19th, 2016 in bills, crime prevention, domestic violence, news, social services, treaties, victims by sally

‘The current attitude towards victim support reveals much about societal attitudes towards domestic abuse, which does not see dignity as something abuse survivors are entitled to as a fundamental and inalienable human right, but rather as an additional extra for which they must work, opt in to, convince society that they have earned.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2016

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Met Police chief admits officers were ‘confused’ during Operation Midland – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 15th, 2016 in compensation, London, news, police, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Complainants in sex abuse cases should no longer be automatically believed by police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said, as he admitted the policy had led to confusion during the Operation Midland investigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2016

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Hackathon app “will help LGBT people report persecution safely” – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2016 in computer programs, harassment, hate crime, homosexuality, internet, law firms, news, victims by sally

Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people around the world will be able to report incidents of persecution to international lawyers stealthily through everyday social media, after a hackathon backed by some of the largest UK law firms devised an app.

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2016

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Hundreds of police officers ‘getting away with sexual abuse of crime victims’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2016 in complaints, corruption, news, police, reports, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Hundreds of police officers are alleged to have got away with sexually assaulting victims of crime because forces fail to take action against them, a report has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2016

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Crime Severity Score measures ‘relative harm’ of crimes – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2016 in crime, news, statistics, victims by tracey

‘A new way of measuring crime in England and Wales has been devised that ranks offences according to their seriousness.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2016

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Birmingham pub bombings: Families call for government funding for legal fees – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2016 in explosives, families, inquests, legal aid, news, victims by sally

‘Relatives of the Birmingham pub bombings victims have said they cannot understand why they are having to fight to get funding for their legal fees.’

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BBC News, 28th November 2016

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Child sex abuse victims boycott inquiry meeting in anger over order to sign up to code of conduct – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in child abuse, codes of practice, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims have begun a boycott of the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry after being ordered to sign up to a code of conduct if they want to attend meetings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2016

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Home Office ordered to review policy on torture survivors – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of asylum seekers who are detained in UK immigration centres could be released after a high court judge ordered the government to review its policy on incarcerated torture survivors.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Victims’ group withdraws from historical child sex abuse inquiry – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The largest victims’ group in the independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse has quit the process, calling it an “unpalatable circus”.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2016

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Rape law review after footballer Ched Evans’s trial – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2016 in disclosure, news, rape, victims by sally

‘The law protecting alleged rape victims from disclosing details of their sex lives will be reviewed in the wake of Wales footballer Ched Evans’s case.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2016

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Cambridge students build a ‘lawbot’ to advise sexual assault victims – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in computer programs, legal services, news, sexual offences, universities, victims by sally

‘Imagine RoboCop went to Oxbridge – well, it’s nothing like that at all.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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Man jailed for harassing Adam Johnson’s victim on Facebook – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in anonymity, harassment, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘The former partner of Adam Johnson’s sister has been jailed for 16 weeks for harassing the ex-England footballer’s child sex victim in a series of Facebook posts. A judge found that Steven Knox, 30, from Sunderland, caused the 15-year-old alarm or distress by posting photos of her online and urging others to share them after Johnson was convicted of sexual activity with her.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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NSPCC rejects plan for ‘mandatory reporting’ of suspected child abuse – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2016 in charities, child abuse, news, victims by sally

‘Plans to compel professionals to report their concerns that children are being abused have been rejected by the UK’s leading child protection charity, provoking fury from a victim support group.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2016

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