Ofsted reports on the inspection of services for children living with domestic abuse – Family Law

‘Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation have published a report examining the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse, along with inspections of local area services.’

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Family Law, 20th September 2017

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The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new PD12J, which comes into force on 2 October 2017 – Family Law

Posted September 14th, 2017 in domestic violence, family courts, news, practice directions by tracey

‘The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new PD12J, which comes into force on 2 October 2017.’

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Family Law, 14th September 2017

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Crown Prosecution Service – Family Law

‘In D (Appeal: Failure of Case Management) [2017] EWHC 1907 (Fam) the Court of Appeal recently considered the mother’s application for an appeal which raised issues about judicial case management and in particular the court’s approach to the cross examination of an alleged victim by an alleged abuser.’

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Family Law, 7th September 2017

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CPS to issue guidance on handling cases of abuse against men – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, domestic violence, gender, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Prosecutors are to be given additional legal advice on handling criminal cases in which men are victims of sexual and domestic abuse. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published its first public statement recognising the specific needs and experiences of male victims of offences including rape, domestic abuse, harassment, stalking and child sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2017

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UK couple sentenced for using BB gun to punish their children – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, weapons by sally

‘A husband and wife have been sentenced for shooting their children with a BB gun as punishment for not doing their chores satisfactorily.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2017

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Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith death: Social workers ‘missed danger signs’ – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, social services by sally

‘Social workers missed signs of danger around a toddler who was stamped to death and focused too much on the condition of the mother who killed her, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2017

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Domestic abuse survivors to ‘regain their voices’ under plans to reform voter anonymity – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2017 in anonymity, domestic violence, electoral register, legislation, news, victims by sally

‘Domestic abuse victims are to “regain their voices” with a new law which will make it easier for them to register to vote anonymously, campaigners have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2017

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Man jailed for murdering niece who was also partner – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2017 in domestic violence, imprisonment, incest, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for life for murdering a woman who was his niece and also his partner.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2017

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Mother and boyfriend of five-month boy with ‘catastrophic brain injury’ found guilty of his death – Daily Telegraph

‘A mum-of-nine and her boyfriend have been convicted of causing the death of her baby boy who suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd August 2017

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Stalker jailed for manslaughter of former partner who killed herself – The Guardian

‘A man whose campaign of threats and harassment caused his former partner to kill herself has been jailed for manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2017

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Authorities ‘missed opportunities’ to stop two teenage brothers from Brighton joining al-Qaeda in Syria – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2017 in children, domestic violence, Islam, news, social services, terrorism by tracey

‘Authorities failed to stop the radicalisation of two teenage boys who were killed while fighting for al-Qaeda in Syria despite monitoring them for years, an investigation has found.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2017

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Family court delay risking lives, says charity – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2017 in children, delay, domestic violence, family courts, news by tracey

‘Domestic violence campaigners say they are very concerned plans to protect children from violent parents during custody battles have been delayed. Changes to family court guidelines were announced in January, but still have not been signed off by the government.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update, July 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted July 7th, 2017 in divorce, domestic violence, families, financial provision, news, statistics by tracey

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

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Family Law Week, 6th July 2017

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Robert Trigg: Killer jailed for 25 years after murder of two former girlfriends – The Independent

Posted July 7th, 2017 in domestic violence, murder, news, recidivists, sentencing by tracey

‘A man found guilty of killing two former girlfriends, five years apart, following a long campaign for justice by his second victim’s family has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.’

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The Independent, 6th July 2017

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Man found guilty of killing two girlfriends five years apart – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2017 in domestic violence, murder, news, recidivists by sally

‘An unemployed man is facing a life sentence after being convicted of killing two of his former girlfriends five years apart following a long-running campaign for justice by one of his victim’s family.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2017

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Allocations: Local Lettings and Undisclosed Policies – Garden Court Chambers

‘The defendant, Islington Borough Council, maintained an allocation scheme which provided that certain categories of people were excluded from joining the housing register, including those who had lived in the borough for less than three out of the previous five years. However, the scheme allowed for exceptions to be made. In particular, in respect of homeless applicants to whom a long-term housing duty under Part 7 Housing Act 1996 had been accepted.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 5th July 2017

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New measures to allow ratification of Istanbul Convention – Home Office

Posted June 30th, 2017 in domestic violence, news, press releases, treaties, women by tracey

‘The government will introduce new measures to protect women and girls from crimes committed overseas as part of its Domestic Abuse Bill. The new legislation would be the final step to enable ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, known as the Istanbul Convention.’

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Home Office, 29th June 2017

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New measures on violence against women to be put in domestic abuse bill – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2017 in bills, domestic violence, news, women by sally

‘New measures to protect women and girls from crimes committed overseas will be included in legislation on domestic abuse, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2017

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F v L (Child Arrangements Order: Relocation) – WLR Daily

Posted June 15th, 2017 in appeals, children, custody, domestic violence, law reports by sally

F v L (Child Arrangements Order: Relocation)[2017] EWHC 1377 (Fam)

‘The mother, an Italian national, sought a child arrangements order (“CAO”) under section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended, in respect of the child, aged five, and permission to relocate with him to Italy, alleging serious domestic abuse by the father. The Italian father opposed the application for relocation and cross-applied for a shared care CAO. Despite the recommendation in the report prepared by the CAFCASS officer that the child’s main carer be his mother and that she should be given permission to relocate to Italy, the trial judge decided not to consider or make any finding in respect of the abuse allegations, refused the mother’s application to relocate and ordered the continuance of the shared care regime. The mother appealed on the grounds, inter alia, that the trial judge had made a fundamental procedural error in failing to resolve the issue of the future care of the child prior to considering the application for relocation and had failed to make findings on the abuse allegations.’

WLR Daily, 9th June 2017

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Two brothers jailed after keeping mother and sister as domestic slaves in Bradford – The Independent

‘Two brothers have been jailed after they kept their mother and sister as slaves.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2017

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