Domestic abuser jailed after landmark appeal by solicitor general – The Guardian

‘A violent domestic abuser has been imprisoned for three years after the solicitor general successfully challenged his previous sentence in a landmark case at the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Domestic Abuse – Are Outdated Misconceptions Still Prevalent in the Legal System? – Becket Chambers

‘This article explores the issue of domestic abuse in the appeal of Re H v F [2020].’

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Becket Chambers, 17th February 2020

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A novel approach to Get refusal: the use of the offence of coercive control to obtain a religious divorce – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted February 12th, 2020 in coercive & controlling behaviour, divorce, human rights, Judaism, marriage, news, women by sally

‘For Jewish women, obtaining a religious divorce (Get) can be life-changing. Women denied a Get are considered ‘chained’ to their husband, preventing them from re-marrying within the faith (whilst not affecting the husband’s ability to re-marry). The power to grant the Get is usually considered the unilateral right of the husband. Because a purely religious marriage is not recognised in England as a civil marriage, women have little recourse to the courts. So, what happens when a husband refuses to grant a religious divorce to his wife? For these women, their human rights to manifest their religion and to enter into marriages are denied, such that they cannot live fully as both religious individuals and bearers of human rights. However, a novel approach to this problem, a private prosecution for coercive control, could offer Jewish women an alternative avenue to protect their human rights.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 4th February 2020

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Jessica Breeze cleared of father’s murder after ‘years of violence’ – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2020 in coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, homicide, news by sally

‘A woman who stabbed her “controlling” father after suffering years of abuse has been found not guilty of his murder and manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

“No” means No. – JH v MF [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam): An Appeal from the Central Family Court – 5 SAH

‘This case, JH v MF [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam) was an appeal from the Central Family Court following a fact-finding trial before HHJ Robin Tolson QC in proceedings for a child arrangements order. The appellant mother (JH) had alleged domestic abuse, including two allegations of rape. She was represented by a barrister and the respondent father (MF) was unrepresented but supported by a McKenzie friend.’

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5 SAH, 23rd January 2020

Source: www.5sah.co.uk

Coercive control post-Challen – Counsel

Posted January 9th, 2020 in coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, murder, news by sally

‘Crucial perspective and points of alert for practitioners defending and prosecuting cases involving abused women who have killed.’

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Counsel, January 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Son jailed for bullying his mother and step-father in rare use of law preventing controlling and coercive behaviour – Daily Telegraph

‘A son has been jailed for bullying his mother and step-father in a rare use of a law that prevents controlling and coercive behaviour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2020

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sally Challen case: ‘Mum killed Dad but we get to be happy again at Xmas’ – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2019 in appeals, coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, murder, news by sally

‘Sally was originally found guilty of murder but successfully appealed against her conviction.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Coercive control incidents double in a year, as campaigners warn domestic abuse “remains at epidemic levels” – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2019 in coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, news, statistics by tracey

‘Coercive control reports to police have doubled within a year, new figures reveal, as campaigners warn that the true extent of the crime is only just starting to be recognised.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

What is coercive control and why is it so difficult to recognize? – OUP Blog

‘Engaging in controlling and/or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships became a new criminal offence in England and Wales in December 2015. Coercive Control involves a pattern of abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten the victim. Example behaviours included in this legislation are isolation from friends and family, deprivation of basic needs, monitoring behaviour and time, controlling a victim’s life and/or finances, and may include physical violence. The introduction of this offence was welcomed for recognising the cumulative impact of various forms of domestic abuse and for encouraging police and other criminal justice agencies to move beyond an incident-led and physical violence-based understanding of domestic abuse. However, four years on since the legislation was enacted and with no compulsory national level training or support, what has actually changed?’

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OUP Blog, 25th November 2019

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Domestic Abuse Bill Falls Ahead Of General Election – Rights Info

‘A landmark bill seeking to “transform” the UK’s response to the “terrible crime” of domestic abuse has fallen as Parliament prepares to dissolve ahead of the snap general election on 12 December.’

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Rights Info, 1st November 2019

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Police failing to record thousands of crimes including harassment, stalking, and coercive behaviour, watchdog finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Police forces are failing to record thousands of crimes, including harassment, stalking, and coercive behaviour, a watchdog has found. New figures show a gap between the number of incidents that are reported and the number of incidents that are then logged appropriately.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

More victims able to challenge ‘unduly lenient’ prison sentences – Ministry of Justice

‘Under plans confirmed by ministers today (17 September 2019), the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme will be extended to 14 new offences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th September 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Domestic abuse: Killers ‘follow eight-stage pattern’, study says – BBC News

‘Men who kill their partners follow a “homicide timeline” that could be tracked by police to help prevent deaths, new research suggests. Criminology expert Dr Jane Monckton Smith found an eight-stage pattern in 372 killings in the UK. The University of Gloucestershire lecturer said controlling behaviour could be a key indicator of someone’s potential to kill their partner.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Muslim father faces jail for mental abuse of his daughters – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 19th, 2019 in coercive & controlling behaviour, families, Islam, news by tracey

‘A Muslim father faces jail for psychologically abusing his daughters in the first case of its kind.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2019

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Justice system smeared our mother, say Sally Challen’s sons – The Guardian

‘Sally Challen was subjected to a false narrative by a criminal justice system that painted her as “a controlling and jealous lover who planned to kill her husband”, her son has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2019

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MPs call for inquiry into how family courts treat rape and abuse survivors – The Guardian

‘More than 120 MPs have called for the family courts to be opened up to greater scrutiny and for those who father children through rape to be denied parental rights.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Councils to have statutory duty to deliver support in secure accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils are to be legally required for the first time to deliver support in secure accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse, the Government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th May 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

PM vows to end postcode lottery for domestic abuse victims

‘The prime minister has vowed to end the postcode lottery for those escaping domestic abuse.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Anger as man who abused girlfriend is spared prison by judge who told him there are ‘lots more fish in the sea’ – The Independent

‘A man who has been convicted of coercive control has been spared prison after a judge told him to leave his ex-girlfriend alone because there are “lots more fish in the sea”.’

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The Independent, 8th May 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk