Domestic Abuse Bill – What does it mean for victims of domestic abuse in the family courts? – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 25th, 2021 in bills, domestic violence, family courts, news, victims by sally

‘In the year ending March 2019, an estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 786,000 men). The government was elected with a manifesto commitment to pass the Domestic Abuse Bill, which passed the House of Commons in July 2020, and is set to become law once it has passed through the House of Lords.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 24th February 2021

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Inside a domestic violence call centre – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2021 in charities, coronavirus, domestic violence, news, victims by sally

‘A major charity working with victims of domestic abuse says calls to their 24-hour helpline increased by more than 50 per cent in the year of the pandemic.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2021

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Covid: Cwmbran man jailed for killing wife in lockdown – BBC News

‘A man has been jailed for five years for killing his wife during the first coronavirus lockdown in March.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2021

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Cleveland Police ‘making progress but concerns remain’ – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2021 in children, domestic violence, news, ombudsmen, police, quality assurance, sexual offences by tracey

‘A police force previously dubbed “clueless” is making progress but areas of concern remain, a watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2021

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Court of Appeal allows appeal by father against abuse findings over insufficient reasoning, failure by judge to take into account material factors – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 18th, 2021 in child abuse, domestic violence, evidence, judgments, news, reasons by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a father over a Family Court judge’s finding that he had abused his daughter, with the matter remitted to be reheard by a different judge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2021

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Local Authority and Children’s Guardian fail in appeal against judge’s refusal to support a plan of adoption for children aged 2 and 3: T and R (Refusal of Placement Order) [2021] EWCA Civ 71 – Transparency Project

‘T & R involved an appeal against a decision to refuse to approve a plan of adoption in respect of two children, T (a 3 year old boy) and R (a 2 year old girl) and accordingly, refuse to make placement orders.’

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Transparency Project, 15th February 2021

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Pensioner cleared of murdering wife during first lockdown in Wales – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2021 in coronavirus, domestic violence, guilty pleas, mental health, murder, news, Wales by sally

‘A man who killed his wife five days into the first lockdown last year in Wales has been cleared of her murder.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2021

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Practice Direction 12J & Scott Schedules – Rearranging a spider’s web – Family Law Week

Posted February 8th, 2021 in appeals, children, domestic violence, families, family courts, news, practice directions by tracey

‘Jeremy Ford, Partner at Cambridge Family Law Practice LLP, calls for clarity in the court’s attitude to Scott Schedules when considering what is relevant to its welfare determination.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd February 2021

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Domestic abuse victims stalked as family courts share refuge addresses with ex-partners, commissioner warns – The Independent

‘The family courts are putting domestic abuse victims and children at grave risk by sharing the secret addresses of shelters with the abusive ex-partner they are fleeing, and some survivors are suffering stalking as a result, London’s independent victims’ commissioner has warned.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2021

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Domestic Abuse Bill: calls for data ‘firewall’ to protect migrant women – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has been urged to remove ‘blind spots’ in the Domestic Abuse Bill that could deter migrant women from reporting domestic abuse to the police for fear of being deported or enable perpetrators to control their victims.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd February 2021

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Legal aid win means domestic abuse victims will no longer be asked to sell their homes to access justice – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2021 in domestic violence, legal aid, legal representation, mortgages, news, women by tracey

‘Domestic abuse victims blocked from getting legal aid will no longer be pushed into selling their homes in a bid to obtain justice and secure safety from their violent partners.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2021

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Gurpreet Singh guilty of wife’s murder in Wolverhampton – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2021 in domestic violence, families, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “callous” husband who pretended his wife had been killed in a burglary has been found guilty of her murder.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2021

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The Court of Appeal considers Domestic Abuse – Part 2 – Transparency Project

Posted January 26th, 2021 in appeals, domestic violence, family courts, internet, news, remote hearings by sally

‘This post summarises the individual issues in the four appeals. Part 3 will cover the wider issues of principle and some of the themes that emerged in the course of the hearing, and will provide some materials for further reading.’

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Transparency Project, 24th January 2021

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Husband who murdered wife and pensioner sentenced to life as judge dismisses ‘insanity’ defence – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2021 in defences, domestic violence, drug abuse, insanity, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who murdered his wife and a pensioner during a “psychotic episode” has been jailed for life.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2021

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The Court of Appeal considers Domestic Abuse – Part 1 – Transparency Project

Posted January 26th, 2021 in appeals, domestic violence, family courts, internet, news, remote hearings by sally

‘This week three judges in the Court of Appeal held a 3 day long appeal hearing all about domestic abuse cases. This series of posts provide a summary of what the hearing was about and how it went. The decision is expected in a few weeks’ time.’

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Transparency Project, 23rd January 2021

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Landmark hearing to examine handling of domestic abuse cases by UK courts – The Guardian

‘A landmark hearing in the court of appeal is under way to examine how cases of domestic abuse are handled by judges in the family courts.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2021

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Police to implement strict bail conditions on domestic abuse and sexual violence suspects under new measures – The Independent

Posted January 15th, 2021 in bail, bills, domestic violence, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘Police will now be able to implement strict bail conditions on more suspects in high-harm cases where the victim has suffered domestic abuse or sexual violence.’

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The Independent, 14th January 2021

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The Domestic Abuse Bill and family courts – Transparency Project

Posted January 11th, 2021 in appeals, bills, domestic violence, families, family courts, news by sally

‘As was noted in the “Harm report” published in June last year and the Family Justice Council forum that was held on 14 December, there is mounting concern about the way family courts deal with allegations of domestic abuse that arise in some contact disputes.’

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Transparency Project, 10th January 2021

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Non-fatal strangulation set to become criminal offence in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2021 in bills, criminal justice, domestic violence, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘The government is set to make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to seven years in prison after a sustained campaign from victims and activists.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2021

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Domestic abuse victims wrongly charged over £150 from GPs for letters confirming injuries – The Independent

Posted January 8th, 2021 in doctors, domestic violence, expert witnesses, fees, legal aid, news, victims by tracey

‘Domestic abuse victims are being wrongly charged over £150 by GPs for letters proving their injuries which are often required to access legal aid or other crucial services.’

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The Independent, 7th January 2021

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