Abusive Birmingham husband ‘beat wife and locked her indoors’ – BBC News

‘A husband who regularly beat his wife and kept her locked indoors during their 16-year marriage has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2018

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Domestic abusers still able to cross-examine victims in court – The Guardian

‘Victims of domestic violence continue to be cross-examined by their abusers in family courts more than a year after the government promised to stop such ordeals, a report has found.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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Beatings, rape and non-stop work: UK women enslaved in forced marriage – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2018 in domestic violence, forced marriages, news, rape by sally

‘Betrayed by her own family, isolated from the outside world and raped daily by her violent husband, one desperate teenager turned to a confidential helpline.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2018

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JY v RY: An Indictment of the Impact of Legal Aid Cuts – Family Law Week

‘Matthew Richardson, barrister, Coram Chambers explains why a case, described by the judge as “the most unsatisfactory” he has heard and in which ‘had one or both of these parents been represented … probably the outcome would have been very different’, serves as an alarming lesson in just how far our justice system has fallen.’

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Family Law Week, 4th May 2018

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Son of Chinese government official jailed for beating girlfriend despite her pleas for a lenient sentence – Daily Telegraph

‘The son of a Chinese government official has been jailed for beating his girlfriend “from head to toe” after a judge rejected the victim’s appeal for leniency.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2018

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Ellie Butler report warns of further deaths unless failures put right – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, reports, social services by sally

‘Deaths like that of six-year-old Ellie Butler, who was murdered by her father, could keep happening unless failures in child protection are quickly corrected, a report obtained by the Guardian has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2018

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Woman jailed for controlling partner at their Stewartby home – BBC News

‘A woman who controlled her partner’s life, scalding him with boiling water and stabbing him, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2018

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Ellie Butler inquest: Agencies ‘did not contribute to girl’s death’ – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, inquests, murder, news, social services by sally

‘Failings by agencies over the care of a six-year-old girl who was murdered by her father did not contribute to her death, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2018

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Police inspector Darren McKie jailed for wife’s murder – BBC News

Posted March 28th, 2018 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A former police inspector who murdered his wife in their home and dumped her body in a lake has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2018

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Tara Newbold death: Duane Ballin jailed for GBH but not murder – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2018 in domestic violence, grievous bodily harm, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who told police “I think I’ve killed my girlfriend” after beating her hours before she died has been jailed for the attack but not murder.’

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BBC news, 26th March 2018

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Family of Tara Newbold call for inquest into her death to resume – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2018 in domestic violence, grievous bodily harm, inquests, news by tracey

‘The family of a woman who was severely beaten by her partner on the night she died are calling for the resumption of an inquest into her death, after the perpetrator was not charged with murder.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2018

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Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st March 2018

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Lawyers, Legal Language and Fact-finding Hearings under Part IV of the Children Act 1989 – Family Law Week

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in care orders, domestic violence, evidence, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, discusses what lessons can be learned from the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 198.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2018

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Man jailed for 30 years over Aldi murder – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2018 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for at least 30 years for stabbing to death a woman at an Aldi supermarket.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2018

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Katie Ghose: ‘Risky proposals are coming on top of cuts that led many refuges to close’ – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in bills, domestic violence, news, women by sally

‘New domestic violence bill must go beyond criminal justice, says chief executive of Women’s Aid.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Domestic abusers could be electronically tagged in government crackdown – Daily Telegraph

‘Domestic abusers could be banned from drinking alcohol and electronically tagged under a Government crackdown. New civil orders will expand the potential restrictions courts and police can impose on criminals who torment partners, spouses and other family members.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2018

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Domestic abuse still under-reported in England, says Women’s Aid – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2018 in domestic violence, news, statistics by sally

‘Domestic abuse is still underreported in England despite a recent rise in offences recorded by police, according to a report by Women’s Aid.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2018

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Man jailed after taking staff hostage at bowling alley – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who held two members of staff at bowling alley hostage at gun point has been jailed for 12 years today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd March 2018

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Surrey woman who killed husband can challenge murder conviction – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in appeals, domestic violence, murder, news by tracey

‘A woman who bludgeoned her husband to death with a hammer has won the latest round in an attempt to appeal against her conviction for murder. Georgina Challen attacked 61-year-old Richard Challen in August 2010 as he ate lunch at the kitchen table in their former home in Claygate, Surrey. In June 2011 a jury at Guildford crown court took 11 hours to find Challen, known as Sally, guilty of murdering the former car dealer. She was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years, which was later reduced on appeal by four years. On Thursday, three court of appeal judges allowed Challen leave to appeal against the conviction.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Portsmouth baby murder: ‘Poor information sharing’ before death – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2018 in children, domestic violence, health, murder, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Poor information sharing between agencies meant warning signs were missed in the lead up to the murder of a 19-day-old baby by his mother, a serious case review has found.
Nicola Brown, 43, from Portsmouth, was found guilty of the murder of her son Jake following a trial in 2016. She was ordered to serve life with a minimum of 14-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2018

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