Oldham killer who daubed victim’s body in nail varnish is jailed – BBC News

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

‘A murderer who daubed “it was me” in red nail varnish on his girlfriend’s body has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2021

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‘The law is cold. It doesn’t reflect the life lost’: mothers of murdered women tell their stories – The Guardian

‘A new campaign film keeps the pressure on the Ministry of Justice to change the minimum sentence for domestic murder. The Changes That We Can Make features Carole Gould and Julie Devey, two mothers who have been campaigning since February 2020 on behalf of their daughters, Ellie and Poppy.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2021

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Murder cases reopened in wake of Sally Challen appeal – The Guardian

‘A number of murder cases are being re-examined to investigate possible unsafe convictions where coercive and controlling behaviour may not have been available as a defence, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2021

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The Lachaux libel case returns with an expensive result for the publishers – Transparency Project

‘This post is not about family law; it’s about defamation law. It involves alleged behaviour by a husband (Bruno Lachaux) to his wife (Afsana Lachaux). Since their separation, Mr and Mrs Lachaux have been involved in litigation in the family court which we wrote about in September last year. That litigation involved both financial matters and children matters. There was also a separate ongoing libel case brought by Mr Lachaux regarding a number of publications about his marriage. Mrs Lachaux was not a party in the libel case.’

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Transparency Project, 7th July 2021

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Epidemic of violence against women under way in England and Wales – report – The Guardian

‘Women and girls are being subjected to an epidemic of violence that requires a “radical and bold” shift in how authorities in England and Wales tackle crimes that disproportionately affect female victims, a police watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2021

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Domestic Abuse and Priority Need – Nearly Legal

Posted July 6th, 2021 in domestic violence, homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘After assorted rumours, it was officially announced that section 78 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 came into force today, (Monday 5 July 2021), although the regulations bringing it into force weren’t actually published until about 4.30 pm.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th June 2021

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Susan Nicholson: Murdered woman failed by police, inquest rules – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2021 in domestic violence, inquests, murder, negligence, news, police by sally

‘Police failings caused or contributed to the death of a woman killed by her partner, an inquest jury has ruled.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2021

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Three in four domestic abuse cases end without charge in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Three in four domestic abuse offences reported to the police are closed without a perpetrator being charged, a watchdog has said, amid fears the figures have worsened during the pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2021

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The Domestic Abuse Act – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Domestic Abuse Act, which will be implemented later this year, brings in important changes, many of which have been received positively by the sector. These changes will lead to significant developments, enabling frontline professionals to raise awareness and secure protection for survivors of domestic abuse.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2021

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Susan Nicholson inquest: Killer ‘involved in 13 domestic abuse reports’ – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2021 in domestic violence, inquests, murder, news, police by sally

‘Police were called to 13 domestic abuse reports involving a man now in jail for killing two women, an inquest heard.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2021

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The sexual assault of sleeping women: the hidden, horrifying rape crisis in Britain’s bedrooms – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2021 in consent, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A recent survey suggested a shockingly high proportion of women have been sexually assaulted by a partner as they slept. Now more and more are speaking out.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2021

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Victims of police domestic abuse ‘feel silenced’ – BBC News

Posted June 16th, 2021 in domestic violence, news, police, prosecutions, statistics, victims by sally

‘UK police forces have received more than 800 allegations of domestic abuse against officers and staff over the last five years, BBC research has revealed.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2021

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Welwyn Garden City murder: Alex Staines jailed for life – BBC News

‘An abusive and controlling man who stabbed his former partner to death in her home while her three children were in the house has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2021

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Officers accused of sexual abuse must face investigation, says police chief – The Guardian

‘All serving police officers accused of domestic or sexual abuse should face misconduct hearings as well as criminal investigations, according to the most senior police officer for domestic abuse in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2021

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Research briefing: Children: child arrangements orders – safeguards when domestic abuse issues arise (England and Wales) – House of Commons

Posted May 27th, 2021 in child arrangements orders, domestic violence, family courts, news by tracey

‘This briefing provides information on how the family courts address issues of domestic abuse in private law proceedings relating to children, in particular proceedings relating to child arrangements orders. The final two sections of the briefing provide information on proposals for reform in this area.’

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House of Commons, 26th May 2021

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‘Unjust’ six-month time limit for reporting domestic abuse to police must be extended, MPs urge – The Independent

‘The government must urgently extend the “unjust” six-month time limit for domestic abuse victims to report domestic physical violence to the police, according to MPs who are to raise the issue in parliament.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2021

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Domestic abuse: Swansea man jailed for murdering partner – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2021 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for life for battering his partner to death in a “ferocious and merciless” attack.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2021

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Coercive control and children’s welfare in Re H-N and Others – Family Law

‘When families come to strife, arrangements must be made for the future care of any children. In some circumstances, this means an application to the courts. These “private law orders” can form part of a consent order, as in Re B-B. Others, are made under Sections 8(1)(a)-(b) and 9 of the Children Act 1989 specifying powers, amongst other things, to decide with whom a child is to live and when a child is to have contact. In 2019-2020, around 22,000 such applications were made involving some allegation of domestic abuse by one adult against another (para 3) with instances of domestic abuse rising because of Covid-19 (ONS, 2020). Consequently, the question of how allegations of abuse within family proceedings remains an urgent matter of concern. However, despite increasing recognition of coercive control as being central to understanding domestic abuse, it remains less well understood in the context of proceedings related to the future care of children. As explained by the Harm Panel in its Report: the approach to such allegations is “implemented inconsistently” and is “not effective” in its principal purpose of protecting victims (Harm Panel (2020) 7.1).’

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Family Law, 7th May 2021

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2021 c. 14 – Forensic Science Regulator Act 2021

2021 c. 11 – Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021

2021 c. 25 – National Security and Investment Act 2021

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021

2021 c. 17 – Domestic Abuse Act 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent  – Home Office

‘The Bill provides protection to millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthens measures to tackle perpetrators.’

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Home Office, 29th April 2021

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