When can parental responsibility be removed from a terrible parent? – Transparency Project

‘In the summer of 2021, Jade Ward was killed by her estranged husband Russell Marsh at their family home. He is now serving a life sentence for her murder. She leaves behind four little boys who are now being raised by her mother and other family members. This is not an isolated tragedy. Each year, many women are killed by their partners or former partners, and it is likely that many of those will have children.’

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Transparency Project, 18th May 2022

Source: transparencyproject.org.uk

Withholding religious divorce controlling and coercive behaviour: Moher – Law & Religion UK

‘In 2021, the UK Parliament passed amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill and the Serious Crime Act which stipulated that withholding a Get can constitute a violation of those laws. The draft statutory guidance under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 recognised that withholding a religious divorce both by Muslim and Jewish husbands may constitute controlling or coercive behaviour and a form of spiritual abuse which could lead the husband to be imprisoned. This development was in reaction to various calls for action to tackle the issue of ‘chained wives’ in religious communities.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th May 2022

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Five killers including triple murderer who smothered his baby have jail terms reviewed by judges – The Independent

Posted May 5th, 2022 in appeals, child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Five notorious killers including Sarah Everard’s murderer and a father who smothered his own baby daughter are having their sentences reviewed by senior judges.’

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The Independent, 5th May 2022

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Sex offenders being freed from UK military jail without any probation supervision, report warns – The Independent

‘Sex offenders and domestic abusers are being freed from the UK’s military jail “without any safeguards or probation supervision”, inspectors have warned.’

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The Independent, 5th May 2022

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Worcestershire pizza shop owner found guilty of murdering and burying his wife – The Guardian

‘A pizza shop owner has been convicted of murdering his wife and burying her body in an unmarked grave that police did not discover for more than six months, despite extensive searches.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2022

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Boost for public safety as four justice bills receive Royal Assent – Ministry of Justice

‘The government delivers on its pledge to protect the public better and restore confidence in the criminal justice system as four major bills became law today (28 April).’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2022

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Unequal Protection for LGBT+ Victims of Domestic Abuse – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘Almost a decade ago, on 16 July 2012, Mr C was killed by his boyfriend, Mr Y. Pursuant to the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, local authorities conducted a review into the circumstances of C’s death. According to the Review, Mr C had been assaulted over a period of months and probably years. He had seen multiple health professionals in the last years of his life, none of whom had picked up on the signs of abuse or asked about it.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 27th April 2022

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Helen Anderson: Boyfriend jailed for mother-of-four’s murder – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2022 in domestic violence, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a mother-of-four whose body was found in undergrowth by a roadside.’

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BBC News, 26th April 2022

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Victim’s domestic abuse allegations against her ex ‘troublingly’ downplayed by family court judge – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2022 in children, domestic violence, family courts, judges, news by sally

‘Domestic abuse allegations were “troublingly” downplayed by a judge in a case that exposes systemic issues with the family court, a leading barrister has warned.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2022

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Supporting male victims of crimes considered violence against women and girls – Family Law

‘The Home Office has published a document setting out the government’s position on and work to support male victims of crimes considered violence against women and girls. The document says: “The term ‘violence against women and girls’ refers to acts of violence or abuse that we know disproportionately affect women and girls. These crimes include – and are not limited to – rape, sexual violence, domestic abuse, stalking, ‘honour’-based abuse including forced marriage, ‘revenge porn’, and the harms associated with sex work and prostitution. These crimes have profound and long-lasting physical and mental health impacts and have absolutely no place in our society. The use of this term cannot and should not negate the experiences of, or provisions for, male victims of these crimes.” ‘

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Family Law, 11th April 2022

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

BBC blocked from naming alleged MI5 informant accused of abusing women – The Guardian

‘The BBC has been banned from identifying a “dangerous extremist and misogynist” who is allegedly an MI5 informant, after a high court judge granted an injunction.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2022

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Russell Marsh guilty of estranged wife Jade Marsh’s murder – BBC News

Posted April 7th, 2022 in domestic violence, families, married persons, murder, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering his estranged wife a week after she ended their relationship.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2022

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Human rights watchdog publishes single-sex spaces guide – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2022 in domestic violence, equality, news, transgender persons by sally

‘Services such as bathrooms and domestic abuse refuges can be single sex in certain circumstances, Britain’s human rights body has said in new guidance.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2022

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Prosecutors given new guidance to prevent ‘myths’ from stopping domestic abuse charges – The Independent

Posted April 5th, 2022 in Crown Prosecution Service, domestic violence, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Prosecutors are to be given new guidance on domestic abuse cases that aims to tackle “myths and stereotypes” that can stop perpetrators being charged.’

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The Independent, 4th April 2022

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Nusayba Umar: Man who murdered new girlfriend’s baby jailed – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2022 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for life with a minimum 20-year term for murdering his new girlfriend’s 16-month-old daughter.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2022

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Black abuse campaigners get Valerie’s Law proposal heard – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2022 in domestic violence, murder, news, parliament, police, race discrimination, racism, victims by sally

‘Black domestic abuse campaigners say they have “made history” by getting their campaign for Valerie’s Law heard by the government for the first time.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2022

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Batley man jailed for son’s murder 21 years after attack – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2022 in child abuse, domestic violence, grievous bodily harm, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who suffocated his two-year-old son, leaving him with severe disabilities, has been jailed for his murder 21 years after the attack.’

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BBC News, 28th March 2022

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Dubai ruler to have no direct contact with two children after UK court battle – The Guardian

‘The ruler of Dubai will have no face-to-face contact with his two children from his marriage to Princess Haya nor any substantive say in their upbringing, after a long-running court battle between the former couple and a series of damning judgments about his “abusive behaviour”.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2022

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Wavertree man jailed for murdering partner next to baby – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in domestic violence, families, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who strangled his girlfriend and left her body beside their sleeping baby has been jailed for her murder.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2022

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80% of UK police accused of domestic abuse kept jobs, figures show – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2022 in disciplinary procedures, domestic violence, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘More than 1,000 police officers and staff accused of domestic abuse are still serving in law enforcement, new figures show. Eight out of 10 kept their jobs after the allegations were made, with a small fraction being disciplined or dismissed.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com