Crossbows: What are the UK’s laws on weapons after man shot in London? – The Independent

‘The shooting of a man with a crossbow in London has sparked fresh questions over the lack of restrictions on such weapons in the UK.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2020

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UK man who murdered wife to be freed despite refusal to reveal location of body – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2020 in disclosure, domestic violence, families, murder, news, parole by sally

‘A man who murdered his wife 35 years ago is to be released from prison despite refusing to reveal the whereabouts of her body.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2020

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Prosecution strategies in AR cases (2) – Counsel

‘A two-part series from Laura Hoyano and John Riley modelling investigation and prosecution strategies in cases of abusive relationship offending: part two of this worked case example looks at the issues arising at trial.’

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Counsel, September 2020

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Murderer sent victim’s photo to her family on WeChat – BBC News

‘A jealous man who murdered his partner and shared images of her body on a messaging app with her family has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2020

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Mother and grandparents win appeal over interim care orders – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a mother and the maternal grandparents against interim care orders made in respect of three children, saying the transcript of the hearing before the recorder “demonstrates once again the difficulties facing courts required to conduct hearings remotely because of the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th August 2020

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Domestic abuse worsened in lockdown for two-thirds of survivors, BBC investigation finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 18th, 2020 in coronavirus, domestic violence, news by sally

‘Data uncovered by Panorama showed there was a call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds during the first seven weeks of lockdown.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th August 2020

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UK firms face up to threat of domestic abuse as more staff work from home – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2020 in coronavirus, domestic violence, employment, families, news, victims by sally

‘Companies offering training for staff and support including paid leave and emergency accommodation.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2020

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Prosecution strategies in AR cases (1) – Counsel

‘A two-part series from Laura Hoyano and John Riley modelling investigation and prosecution strategies in cases of abusive relationship offending. Part one of this worked case example shows the typical challenges, tactics to surmount them, and the need for innovative thinking.’

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Counsel, August 2020

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Caroline Flack took her own life amid fears of prosecution, inquest rules – The Guardian

‘Caroline Flack took her own life after learning she would be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, following a long struggle with “fluctuating mental health” that was exacerbated by the stress of fame, a coroner has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2020

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Section 5 “Causing or Allowing” – The Catch 22 Provision – KCH Garden Sq

‘ ‘‘Baby-shaking”, or “baby-shaking syndrome” is a colloquial term used to describe the situation where the prosecution allege that a baby has either died or suffered serious injury as the result of being shaken. In a large number of these cases the prosecution are able to show that at the time of the causative event the child was in the sole care of its parents; the difficulty that arose historically however was when it was not possible to prove which of the two parents was the actual perpetrator. Prosecutors often found themselves in this scenario, with not enough evidence to conclusively prove which parent caused the harm to the child and neither parent prepared to implicate the other. However, on 21st March 2005, Section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 became law, and it meant that prosecutors could now take a different approach, one that didn’t require them to single out the primary offender.’

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KCH Garden Sq, July 2020

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Depp libel trial reveals problems of proof in domestic violence cases – The Guardian

‘Despite being a libel case, Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Another felt more like a criminal trial at the Old Bailey, or a domestic violence hearing in the family courts.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2020

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The Spotlight Review on domestic abuse – where does it fit in with other court reforms? – Transparency Project

‘The work undertaken by the “spotlight panel” appointed by the Ministry of Justice, reported in what is being referred to as the “harm report”, has already been commented on here and here. Its full title is “Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Cases”. The purpose of this blog post is to try to see how the harm report fits in with the wider reforms discussed by the President’s Private Law Working Party (the PrLWG) in its two reports.’

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Transparency Project, 24th July 2020

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Family courts carry out ‘state sanctioned abuse’ of domestic abuse survivors by letting perpetrators see children, commissioner warns – The Independent

‘Family courts are responsible for “state-sanctioned abuse” of domestic abuse victims as they allow violent parents to torment their ex-partners through the legal process, London’s victims commissioner has warned.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2020

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Police officer had sex with domestic violence victims while on duty, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2020 in complaints, domestic violence, news, police, victims by tracey

‘A police officer had sex with two domestic violence victims while on duty and used the force’s computer systems to track down two other women and send them texts of a sexual nature, the police watchdog has found.’

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The Independent, 15th July 2020

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Man found guilty of killing pregnant ex-girlfriend and baby in London – The Guardian

‘A man has been found guilty of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage, killing her and their baby.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2020

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Pilot Scheme launched for domestic abuse cases in family courts – Becket Chambers

‘The Domestic Abuse bill which is making its way through the legislative process and which was delayed as a result of the calling of the general election (and the prorogation of Parliament) has reached the report stage in the commons this week. It is expected to be amended to incorporate the reforms to the legislation recommended by an expert panel and which will implement those recommendations and commence a pilot scheme to trial them.’

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Becket Chambers, 1st July 2020

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Ex-Kasabian singer’s community order ‘inappropriate’, say domestic abuse charities – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2020 in community service, domestic violence, news, sentencing by sally

‘Domestic abuse charities have criticised as inappropriate the sentence of community service given to the former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan for assaulting his former fiancee.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2020

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Domestic Abuse Bill: ‘More help for migrant women needed’ – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2020 in bills, domestic violence, immigration, news, victims by sally

‘Help should be available to all domestic abuse survivors, no matter their immigration status, campaigners have said.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2020

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Amber Heard can be in court for Johnny Depp’s evidence, high court rules – The Guardian

‘Johnny Depp has failed to stop his ex-wife Amber Heard from watching him give evidence in a libel case over allegations of domestic abuse.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2020

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Why victims can sometimes inherit from their abusers- even if they kill them – OUP Blog

‘It is a basic rule of English law that a person who kills someone should not inherit from their victim. The justification behind the rule, known as the forfeiture rule, is that a person should not benefit from their crimes and therefore forfeits entitlement. Many other jurisdictions have the same basic rule for fundamental reasons of public policy, including the need to avoid incentivising homicide. Importantly, however, Parliament passed the Forfeiture Act 1982 to give courts in England and Wales discretion to modify the application of the rule in certain cases, so that some people could inherit from those they had killed after all. Such modification is also possible in some other jurisdictions: It allows judges to consider individual circumstances where the blanket application of a forfeiture rule would cause injustice.’

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OUP Blog, 3rd July 2020

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