Domestic abuse commissioner Nicole Jacobs ‘relieved’ about new law – BBC News

Posted September 18th, 2019 in bills, cross-examination, domestic violence, news, victims by tracey

‘The first domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales is “relieved” the prime minister has pledged to re-introduce a new law on the issue.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2019

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Domestic violence killings in UK at five-year high – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in bills, domestic violence, homicide, news, statistics, victims, women by tracey

‘The number of domestic violence killings has reached a five-year high, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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Domestic abuse: Killers ‘follow eight-stage pattern’, study says – BBC News

‘Men who kill their partners follow a “homicide timeline” that could be tracked by police to help prevent deaths, new research suggests. Criminology expert Dr Jane Monckton Smith found an eight-stage pattern in 372 killings in the UK. The University of Gloucestershire lecturer said controlling behaviour could be a key indicator of someone’s potential to kill their partner.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2019

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Coroner urges Home Secretary to review domestic abuse laws after man bludgeons wife to death – Daily Telegraph

‘A man has been cleared of a criminal offence over a video that showed a model of a building marked “Grenfell Tower” being burned, while a group of friends laughed and joked.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd August 2019

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Elize Stevens death: Man jailed for murdering partner – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2019 in domestic violence, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who stabbed his partner to death in a “fit of rage” has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2019

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Mend law and save tragic kids? – Transparency Project

‘It’s a common mistake for journalists (and others) to refer to the Children’s Act. Pedantic family lawyers bristle at this (it’s the Children Act). But pedantry aside, this error is often a clue that something has been written without much input from a lawyer. And so it seems with the Sunday Mirror’s various campaign pieces published today about the law on protecting children from violent parents, which feature far worse mistakes than punctuation.’

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Transparency Project, 18th August 2019

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North Wales Police ‘failed to protect’ woman killed by ex-partner – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2019 in domestic violence, murder, news, police, Wales by tracey

‘Police failed to adequately protect a woman who was later killed by her ex-partner, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2019

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Victims of stalking and abuse get right to appeal ‘lenient’ jail sentences – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 14th, 2019 in appeals, domestic violence, news, sentencing, stalking, victims by michael

‘Victims of stalking, domestic violence and child abuse are to get new legal rights to challenge unduly lenient sentences in a further crackdown on “soft” justice.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2019

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Police told not to use fines in stalking cases after Shana Grice murder – The Guardian

‘Police officers have been told not to hand out fixed penalty notices in stalking and harassment cases after the teenager Shana Grice was fined for wasting police time before she was murdered.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2019

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Victims’ commissioner to meet woman who went into hiding after ex freed – The Guardian

‘The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales is to call for increased support for domestic abuse victims after a woman went into hiding when her violent ex-partner was released from prison early.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2019

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Domestic abuse victim to go into hiding as ex freed after six months – The Guardian

‘A woman who was left with life-changing injuries after being beaten by her ex-partner says she will go into hiding when he is released from prison after serving six months.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2019

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Rural domestic abusers being protected by countryside culture – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2019 in domestic violence, news, police, reports, women by tracey

‘Rural women enduring domestic abuse are half as likely as urban victims to report their suffering and are being failed by authorities with perpetrators shielded by countryside culture, a report says.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2019

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“Landmark moment” as Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament – Home Office

‘The government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill will be introduced in Parliament today, signalling a major step forward in transforming the response to this crime.’

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Home Office, 16th July 2019

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Costs Orders and Experts – Family Law Week

‘Nisha Bambhra, barrister at Garden Court Chambers, considers the implications for expert witnesses who fail to comply with court orders.’

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Family Law Week, 11th July 2019

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Father’s Day Revenge? Female perpetrated domestic abuse, homicide and suicide – Transparency Project

‘On the 17th of June 2018, a father made an anxious call to Kent Police after his ex-partner failed to return their child after a period of unsupervised contact which had been agreed by the family court. Very sadly, the following morning, the Police found the bodies of the missing little boy and his mother. A Serious Case Review into “Child H” was conducted and published in the last week by Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board.’

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Transparency Project, 6th July 2019

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Iraq war veteran jailed for killing Britain’s Got Talent finalist – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2019 in armed forces, domestic violence, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘An Iraq war veteran has been jailed for life for murdering a Britain’s Got Talent finalist by stabbing her more than 70 times in a violent rage.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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Lee Guntrip case: Police knew murdered Sarah Nash was at ‘high risk’ – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2019 in bail, domestic violence, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

‘A woman killed by a violent ex-partner was failed by officers who knew she was a “high-risk victim”, a watchdog found.’

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BBC News, 29th June 2019

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Sharon Perrett murder: Police ‘stopped calling abuse victim’ – BBC News

Posted June 28th, 2019 in domestic violence, inquiries, murder, news, ombudsmen, police, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Police stopped trying to call an abuse victim shortly before she was murdered by her partner because her phone was off, an inquiry has found.’

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BBC News, 27th June 2019

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Andrew Hooper: ‘Jealous’ farmer guilty of shooting estranged wife dead in front of teenage daughter – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2019 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Judge Mark Wall QC sentenced Hooper to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 31 years at Birmingham Crown Court for the murder.’

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The Independent, 21st June 2019

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“No revolution” says the Supreme Court as it rules on defamation – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd and another [2019] UKSC 27. The Supreme Court has unanimously held that the Defamation Act 2013 altered the common law presumption of general damage in defamation. It is no longer sufficient for the imposition of liability that a statement is inherently injurious or has a “tendency” to injure a claimant’s reputation. Instead, the language of section 1(1) of the Act requires a statement to produce serious harm to reputation before it can be considered defamatory.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th june 2019

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