Non-molestation: a definition for 2018? – Family Law

Posted February 9th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, family courts, injunctions, news by tracey

‘What is “non-molestation”? How do family courts, by order, deal with “molestation”, as it is now defined in law? What is “domestic violence” or (if different) “domestic abuse”? Each of these different terms crop up in different legal contexts; and – absurdly, it may be thought – each may mean something slightly different according to context.’

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Family Law, 8th February 2018

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Robert Trigg: Police ‘missed chances’ to catch double killer – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2018 in domestic violence, inquiries, murder, news, police by tracey

‘The family of a woman murdered by her boyfriend five years after he killed another partner say they are “finally being taken seriously”. An inquiry found Sussex Police “missed opportunities” when investigating the deaths of Susan Nicholson, 52, in 2011 and Caroline Devlin, 35, in 2006. Robert Trigg, 52, was convicted last year of killing them both.
The findings have now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the force said.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2018

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Ashwin Daudia jailed over ex-wife Kiran’s murder – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2018 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “controlling” husband who was caught on CCTV dragging his ex-wife’s body in a suitcase has been jailed for her murder.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2018

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Domestic abusers told to say sorry to partner by police – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in domestic violence, news, police, reports, restorative justice, victims by sally

‘Police are dealing with domestic abuse cases by simply making the abuser say sorry to their partner on the doorstep, a Fawcett Society report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2018

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Teen jailed for attack on mother and toddler – Attorney General’s Office

‘Joshua Ingram has been sent to a young offenders’ institute after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred his sentence as unduly lenient.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 17th January 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Poppi Worthington: prosecutors consider coroner’s ruling – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, inquests, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘Prosecutors are considering a coroner’s findings that Poppi Worthington was sexually assaulted in her father’s bed before her death.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2018

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Child referred to social services every 49 seconds amid rising reports of domestic violence – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, social services, statistics by tracey

‘A child is referred to social services every 49 seconds in England and Wales, figures show, prompting urgent calls that a lack of funding is leading to “catastrophe” for the next generation of youngsters and their families.’

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The Independent, 11th January 2018

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Finance and Divorce Update, January 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2017.’

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Family law Week, 10th January 2018

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Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements come into effect – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 9th, 2018 in bills, domestic violence, evidence, news, time limits by sally

‘From today (8 January 2018), victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th January 2018

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Murdered woman was left without phone by police investigators – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2018 in domestic violence, murder, news, reports, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘A woman who was murdered by her ex-lover was left without means of calling for help because police had seized her phone days earlier, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2018

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A fork in the road – Cafcass and their pathways – Transparency

Posted January 8th, 2018 in domestic violence, family courts, news, parental rights, social services by sally

‘A little while ago we wrote some about Cafcass’ new proposed High Conflict pathway, which had been hailed in the press as a big thing in terms of dealing effectively with parental alienation. We had been offered an interview with the Cafcass Principal Social Worker, which had cleared up some of our questions but which had raised others.’

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Transparency Project, 6th January 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Triple killer Theodore Johnson jailed for 26 years – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2018 in domestic violence, mental health, murder, news, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘A man who killed three former partners has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2018

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Women should be told if new partner has abusive past, say victims’ groups – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2018 in bills, disclosure, domestic violence, news, police by sally

‘Victim support groups are calling on MPs to back a new law allowing police to take proactive measures to establish whether a serious offender has a new partner, and if so to inform them of his previous convictions. The call comes after the jailing of serial killer Theodore Johnson, 64, who strangled and battered his ex-girlfriend, Angela Best, 51. He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 26 years on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2018

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Changes to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse in force on Monday – Legal Aid Handbook

Posted January 8th, 2018 in children, domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, regulations, time limits by sally

‘Funding for private family law cases is generally only available where the applicant for legal aid can show that they are a victim of domestic abuse, or where they can show that the aim of the proceedings is to protect a child at risk of abuse from a third party (such applications are in scope because of Paras 12 and 13 of Part 1 Schedule 1 of LASPO; see also Chapter 6 of the Handbook). Until the successful challenge to the original regulations by Rights of Women, there was a requirement that the evidence in support of the application had to be no more than 2 years old. Following the litigation, that was extended to 5 years.’

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Legal Aid Handbook, 7th January 2018

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Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah murder: ‘Death could not be predicted’ – BBC news

Posted January 5th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, social services by tracey

‘The brutal murder of a two-year-old boy by his stepfather could not have been predicted, a review has found.’

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BBC news, 5th January 2018

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Freed to kill again – and again: Theodore Johnson and the truth about domestic violence – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2018 in domestic violence, murder, news, recidivists by sally

‘This week, Theodore Johnson pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-partner – the third woman he has killed. Is this a uniquely tragic triple crime, or a systemic failure to take domestic violence seriously?’

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The Guardian, 3rd January 2018

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Domestic violence: can moving power out of Whitehall make a difference? – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2017 in devolution, domestic violence, local government, news, victims, women by sally

‘Vital services for vulnerable women have been cut across the country, but new metro authorities could be a chance to make radical improvements.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2017

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‘Shocking’ toll of women killed by men renews call for safe spaces – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in domestic violence, murder, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Of the 113 women killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year, 85 died in their homes, according to the Femicide Census, an annual analysis by the charity Women’s Aid.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2017

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Domestic abuse and coercive control is ‘silent killer’ – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, news by sally

‘The prime minister should put protection in place for every child who is living in a house with domestic violence, according to the Children’s Commissioner for England.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2017

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Domestic violence victims will have legal aid limitations eased, say Ministry of Justice – The Independent

Posted December 5th, 2017 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, limitations, news, time limits, victims by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice announced changes to give more support to those taking abusive former partners to court in family proceedings.’

MOJ press release

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The Independent, 4th December 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk