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

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Voices of children overlooked in family courts, says ex-head – BBC News

‘Family courts in England and Wales are not properly accommodating children’s voices and needs because the government has suggested “it would all cost too much”, their former head has said.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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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

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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

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Court service starts another video hearing pilot running – Legal Futures

‘A pilot enabling domestic abuse victims to take part in hearings by video link from a computer in their solicitor’s office has begun running in Manchester.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2019

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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

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Judge reminds councils of importance of following guidance on working with parents with learning disability – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has said it is “imperative” that local authorities follow guidance on working with parents with a learning disability, and expressed “serious reservations” as to whether a borough council did so in a case concerning the welfare of three children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th May 2019

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‘I was raped’ by police officer ex-husband – BBC News

Posted May 1st, 2019 in domestic violence, news, ombudsmen, police, rape, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Police officers and staff accused of domestic abuse are a third less likely to be convicted than the general public, figures from 37 forces suggest.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2019

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Peterborough car stabbing: Woman, 18, guilty of murdering admirer – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2019 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘An 18-year-old woman who murdered an admirer by stabbing him in a “fit of anger” in his car has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2019

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Disciplinary action for police officers over Shana Grice murder – The Guardian

‘Police officers are to face disciplinary charges over the case of a woman murdered after being stalked by her former partner, whose repeated pleas for help instead saw her fined for wasting police time.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2019

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Sally Challen at home after murder conviction quashed – BBC News

‘A woman who served nine years in jail for her husband’s murder before her conviction was quashed has been reunited with her sons.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2019

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Facebook ‘strangle’ post: Woman wins libel battle against ex-husband – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2019 in appeals, defamation, domestic violence, internet, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘A woman has won a libel battle against her ex-husband over comments she made on Facebook about him trying to strangle her.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2019

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‘Frail’ pensioner who beat wheelchair-bound husband to death with a pole cleared of murder – Daily Telegraph

‘A “frail” pensioner who beat her wheelchair-bound husband to death with a wooden pole after suffering decades of “hell” and abuse has been cleared of his murder.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st April 2019

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Abusive wife jailed for life for husband’s murder – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2019 in domestic violence, families, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who killed her husband after “systematically” abusing him and hitting him with a rolling pin has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2019

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Domestic abusers ‘sewing GPS trackers into teddy bears’ – BBC News

‘Technology is increasingly being used by domestic abusers to trap, control or hunt down their victims, Refuge has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2019

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Revenge porn threats should be made illegal, review suggests, after Alice Ruggles murder – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2019 in armed forces, domestic violence, murder, news, police, pornography, stalking by sally

‘Revenge porn threats should be made illegal after the murder of Alice Ruggles, a domestic homicide review has recommended.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2019

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Police guilty of gross misconduct in domestic abuse murder case – The Guardian

‘Police officers risk losing their jobs and pensions if they fail to properly investigate domestic abuse including stalking, harassment and coercive control following a landmark misconduct ruling.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2019

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Sally Challen’s son launches public appeal for her murder charge to be downgraded – Daily Telegraph

‘The sons of a woman who killed her husband in a hammer attack have launched a public appeal for her murder charge to be downgraded and have accused the CPS of “discrimination against women”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th March 2019

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One in five children under supervision orders harmed again within five years – The Guardian

‘At least one in five children in England allowed to return to potentially dangerous homes under supervision orders are back in court within five years having been subjected to further significant harm, according to research.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

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Keeley Barnard: Killer daughter ‘posed no risk’ to mum – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2019 in alcoholism, doctors, domestic violence, families, murder, news by tracey

‘An alcoholic who threatened her husband with a knife “posed no risk” to her mother, who she later killed in “rage and frustration”, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2019

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