Prosecutors drop attempted rape case against Mason Greenwood – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation from the investigation.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2023

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Police Receive Seven Reports Of So-Called Honour-Based Abuse A Day – Each Other

‘Between March 2021 and March 2022 there were 2,887 honour-based abuse-related (HBA) offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, the second consecutive rise in HBA-related offences. Approximately seven cases are reported every day. However, the Home Office says that these cases are likely to only represent a small proportion of the actual offences committed.’

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Each Other, 27th January 2022

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Child Maintenance Service to clamp down on domestic abuse – Family Law

‘Survivors of domestic abuse will be given the choice to allow the CMS to collect and make payments on their behalf – without the consent of an abusive ex-partner. This will prevent perpetrators from using child maintenance as a form of ongoing financial abuse and control and mean survivors will not have to have contact with their ex-partner if there is evidence of domestic violence.’

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Family Law, 26th January 2023

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Thousands of survivors to be protected from prison abusers – Ministry of Justice

‘Survivors will be better protected from domestic abusers who attempt to continue their campaign of terror from behind bars.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th November 2022

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Travel and childcare costs ‘stopping domestic abuse victims getting to court’ – The Independent

‘The cost-of-living crisis is increasingly being used as justification for domestic abuse while some victims are unable to afford to get to court to obtain protection, a charity has warned.’

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The Independent, 24th October 2022

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Domestic abuse, controlling and coercive behaviours and companion animals – Family Law

Posted October 11th, 2022 in animals, coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, news by tracey

‘Trying to define and prove controlling and coercive behaviours both before and after Re H v N 2020 [2021] EWCA Civ 448 has been difficult and occasionally contradictory. This Article looks at ways in which companion animal abuse or threats to them, can help shed light on what we mean by controlling and coercive behaviours and how such can provide very powerful evidence to prove it. It also suggests that by introducing this evidence into our thinking and case law we shine a light on the links between domestic abuse, child abuse and animal abuse and so better protect not only human victims of abuse but also the animals we share our lives and family life with.’

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Family Law, 10th October 2022

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Ashley Wadsworth: British man who murdered Canadian teenage girlfriend on trip to UK jailed – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2022 in coercive & controlling behaviour, guilty pleas, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A 23-year-old British man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his 19-year-old Canadian girlfriend after she travelled to the UK to meet him.’

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The Independent, 11th October 2022

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Coercive control: The women killed by abusive partners – BBC News

‘A new study, seen exclusively by BBC News, reveals the extent of coercive and controlling behaviour in cases where victims are killed by their current or ex-partners. Experts say organisations, including the police, NHS and social services, need to better understand the problem and intervene in abusive relationships earlier.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2022

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Ryan Giggs trial: Jury discharged after failing to reach verdicts – BBC News

‘The jury in the trial of former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on any of the charges.’

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BBC News, 31st August 2022

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Eileen Barrott death: Life sentence for husband who killed wife – BBC News

‘A man who killed his wife in a “final act of control” and then went on the run has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2022

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‘Controlling’ Leeds man who killed wife jailed for at least 21 years – The Guardian

‘A “coercive and controlling” husband who murdered his wife when he realised she was trying to break free from what was a toxic relationship has been jailed for at least 21 years.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2022

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Retired farmer jailed for at least 18 years for murdering wife in 1982 – The Guardian

‘An 89-year-old retired pig farmer who tried to blame the serial killer Fred West for the disappearance of his wife in 1982 has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering her and dumping her body in a septic tank.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2022

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New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised – Family Law

‘New statutory guidance on identifying and responding to domestic abuse and its impact on victims has been published on 8 July 2022, by the Home Office.’

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Family Law, 14th July 2022

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Millions in UK do not know the meaning of coercive control – The Independent

Posted July 6th, 2022 in coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, news by sally

‘Millions in the UK have no understanding of the meaning of coercive control despite the fact the offence is illegal, according to a new study.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2022

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British Gymnastics braces for publication of damning report on abuse – The Guardian

‘British Gymnastics is bracing itself for a damning 300-page report into its abuse scandal. The document is expected to strongly criticise the governing body’s previous leadership when it is published on Thursday afternoon.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2022

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Barring orders – strengthened guidance on section 91(14) to stop repeated applications – Transparency Project

‘Parents who live under the shadow of constant threats by ex-partners of being taken back to court, with repeated applications about their children, will now get more protection from this happening.“Barring orders” is the name commonly given to orders the Family Court can make to stop future unnecessary applications being made, where it appears it’s likely a party is going to try to keep returning to court in a way that will harass and disturb the other party.’

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Transparency Project, 7th June 2022

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Abusers face up to five years in jail with new non-fatal strangulation offence – The Independent

‘A new offence of non-fatal strangulation has come into force, meaning abusers will now face up to five years behind bars.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2022

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Agent’s abused former partner in legal action against MI5 – BBC News

‘A woman who was terrorised and abused by an MI5 agent is taking legal action against the security service.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2022

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Withholding religious divorce controlling and coercive behaviour: Moher – Law & Religion UK

‘In 2021, the UK Parliament passed amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill and the Serious Crime Act which stipulated that withholding a Get can constitute a violation of those laws. The draft statutory guidance under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 recognised that withholding a religious divorce both by Muslim and Jewish husbands may constitute controlling or coercive behaviour and a form of spiritual abuse which could lead the husband to be imprisoned. This development was in reaction to various calls for action to tackle the issue of ‘chained wives’ in religious communities.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th May 2022

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Withholding religious divorce controlling and coercive behaviour: Moher – Law & Religion UK

Posted May 17th, 2022 in coercive & controlling behaviour, divorce, islamic law, Judaism, news by tracey

‘In a guest post, Fouzia Azzouz, of Bristol University’s School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies, looks at the law around a husband’s refusal to grant his wife a religious divorce.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th May 2022

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