Johnny Depp loses bid to appeal libel case ruling against him – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2020 in appeals, defamation, domestic violence, media, news by tracey

‘Johnny Depp has been denied the right to appeal by the High Court following its ruling which found that the claims that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard were “substantially true”.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2020

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Mother refused legal aid over ‘trapped capital’ has case remitted – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 26th, 2020 in domestic violence, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A mother who was denied legal aid on the grounds of a house she owns with her ex-partner has won her High Court challenge, in a ruling that provides “important clarification for victims of domestic abuse”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th November 2020

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Fifth of crimes involved domestic abuse in first England and Wales lockdown – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2020 in coronavirus, crime, domestic violence, news, statistics by tracey

‘One in five offences recorded by police during and immediately after the first national lockdown in England and Wales involved domestic abuse, figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2020

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Domestic abuse victims with ‘trapped capital’ should not be denied legal aid, court rules – The Guardian

‘Victims of domestic abuse should not be denied legal aid because they have assets trapped in a home, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2020

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Depp’s Defeat: A Human Rights Victory – Each Other

Posted November 17th, 2020 in defamation, domestic violence, freedom of expression, human rights, news, victims by sally

‘‘Trial by media’ is often touted as a crude alternative to our legal system. But in losing his libel action against The Sun, Johnny Depp’s court battle backfired. It’s a resounding win for press freedom – and for domestic abuse survivors.’

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Each Other, 16th November 2020

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Shock new figures fuel fears of more lockdown domestic abuse killings in UK – The Guardian

‘Calls to the UK’s largest domestic abuse helpline are rising “week on week” as new figures reveal that almost 50 suspected killings may have occurred during the first lockdown.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2020

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Family Justice Council report on domestic abuse and special measures in remote and hybrid hearings – Family Law

Posted November 12th, 2020 in domestic violence, family courts, news, remote hearings by tracey

‘The Family Justice Council has published guidance titled “Safety from Domestic Abuse and Special Measures in Remote and Hybrid Hearings”. The guidance recommends that, in any proceedings where domestic abuse is an issue, careful consideration must be given to whether special measures are required and how hybrid/remote hearings should be facilitated to safeguard vulnerable parties. It suggests proactive advance planning of hearings, consideration of risks involved and practical support to promote physical and emotional safety of all participants and provides a checklist of those considerations.’

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Family Law, 11th November 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Top family judge publishes guidance on protection of domestic abuse victims in remote and hybrid hearings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published guidance on the need to protect victims of domestic abuse in remote and hybrid hearings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th November 2020

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Rough sex excuse in women’s deaths is variation of ‘crime of passion’ – study – The Guardian

‘Men who kill women are increasingly using the “sex game gone wrong” excuse as a contemporary variation on the traditional crime of passion defence, research has found.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2020

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Behind the Depp headlines: meaning, evidence and juries – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in defamation, domestic violence, evidence, juries, media, news by sally

‘On 2nd November 2020, Nicol J handed down his eagerly awaited judgment in Depp v News Group Newspapers and anor [2020] EWHC 2911 (QB). This high-profile case has been widely reported and needs little introduction. In short, Mr Depp failed in his defamation claim concerning an article published by The Sun that alleged that he had committed acts of violence against his then-wife Amber Heard. Nicol J held that the defendants had proved it was “substantially true” that Mr Depp had committed acts of violence against Ms Heard on twelve pleaded occasions.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 6th November 2020

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Jack Mitchell death: Father jailed for manslaughter – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2020 in child abuse, domestic violence, guilty pleas, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A father who admitted causing the death of his teenage son by shaking him as a baby has been jailed for three years.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2020

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All you need to know about domestic abuse and ILR – EIN Blog

‘Anyone in an abusive relationship is in a dangerous and terrifying situation. But if you are in the UK on a Spouse Visa, Civil Partnership Visa, or Unmarried Partner Visa, the situation is especially frightening. But you are not alone. And you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), which will allow you to stay permanently in the UK if your relationship breaks down because of domestic violence/abuse.’

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EIN Blog, 9th November 2020

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Divisional Court gives guidance on article 2 inquests – UK Human Rights Law Blog

‘R (Peter Skelton and anr) v Senior Coroner for West Sussex [2020] EWHC 2813 (Adminn). Susan Nicholson and Caroline Devlin were killed by the same man during the course of abusive relationships. They died in 2011 and 2006, but the man was not convicted – of murder and manslaughter respectively – until 2017. The inquest into Susan’s death in 2011 resulted in a verdict of accidental death. Following the murder conviction, the Coroner applied to the High Court for this to be quashed, with the intention of holding a short inquest at which a fresh conclusion of “unlawful killing” would be recorded. However, the Claimants in this case – Susan’s parents – sought to expand the scope of the inquest to consider what they thought, understandably, were police failings. They were successful; this blog explains why, and examines the wider implications of the ruling.’

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UK Human Rights Law Blog, 5th November 2020

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Claire Parry death: PC Timothy Brehmer to have sentence reviewed – BBC News

Posted November 4th, 2020 in appeals, domestic violence, families, homicide, imprisonment, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘A police officer who strangled a mother-of-two after she exposed their affair will have his 10-and-a-half year sentence for manslaughter reviewed.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2020

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Johnny Depp loses libel case against Sun over claims he beat ex-wife Amber Heard – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2020 in compensation, damages, defamation, domestic violence, media, news by tracey

‘The Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has lost his high-stakes libel action in the London courts against the Sun after the newspaper described him as a “wife beater”.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2020

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Claire Parry death: PC Timothy Brehmer jailed for manslaughter – BBC News

Posted October 28th, 2020 in domestic violence, families, homicide, imprisonment, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘A police officer who strangled his long-term lover after she exposed their affair to his wife has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2020

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Alfie Gildea: ‘Danger signs missed’ before baby’s death – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2020 in child abuse, domestic violence, inquests, news, police, social services by sally

‘Mistakes made by police and other agencies “probably” contributed to the death of a baby boy who was killed by his violent father, an inquest ruled.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2020

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Police ‘failings’ to be considered at new inquest into death of Susan Nicholson – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of a woman murdered by a double killer have won a legal battle for a new inquest into her death to consider potential police failings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2020

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Rape prosecutions and convictions dropped by half early in UK pandemic – The Guardian

‘Prosecutions for crimes against women and girls in England and Wales plummeted in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting a backlog in the court system exacerbated by the UK-wide shutdown and subsequent social distancing measures.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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How smart devices are exploited for domestic abuse – BBC News

‘The number of domestic abuse cases has increased dramatically since the UK’s Covid lockdown – and tech has played a role.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2020

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