One in five children under supervision orders harmed again within five years – The Guardian

‘At least one in five children in England allowed to return to potentially dangerous homes under supervision orders are back in court within five years having been subjected to further significant harm, according to research.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

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Keeley Barnard: Killer daughter ‘posed no risk’ to mum – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2019 in alcoholism, doctors, domestic violence, families, murder, news by tracey

‘An alcoholic who threatened her husband with a knife “posed no risk” to her mother, who she later killed in “rage and frustration”, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2019

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Sally Challen appeal: judges give hope to women who killed their abusive husbands – Daily Telegraph

‘Dozens of women imprisoned for murdering their partners after violent, abusive relationships will seek to overturn their convictions, lawyers have said, after a wife jailed for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer won her appeal to secure a retrial.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2019

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Domestic violence before shari’a councils – Family Law

Posted February 28th, 2019 in dispute resolution, domestic violence, islamic law, news by tracey

‘Dr Naheed Wali Ghauri, an Associate Research Fellow at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and non-stipendiary Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, discusses domestic violence before Shari’a councils and mediation under English and Islamic Forum.’

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Family Law, 28th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Access to compensation scheme for victims who lived with their attacker – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 28th, 2019 in criminal injuries compensation, domestic violence, press releases, victims by tracey

‘More victims of violent crime will be able to claim compensation, as the government today (28 February 2019) brought forward legislation to abolish the longstanding pre-1979 “same-roof” rule.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Sally Challen: Hammer killer wife in ‘landmark’ appeal – BBC News

‘A woman who bludgeoned her husband to death with a hammer is set to challenge her murder conviction in what is being described as a landmark case.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2019

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My six-year wait for life-changing compensation – BBC News

‘”I met an older man and I was in a vulnerable situation. He took me under his wing and very quickly groomed me,” says Emma. This was two decades ago, when she was 16. The man went on to physically and sexually abuse her over a two-year period.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2019

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Redcar man given life for smothering partner had killed before – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in domestic violence, murder, news, recidivists, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who has been given a life sentence for smothering his partner after a row had previously killed a girlfriend.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Ep. 67: Remediation – Mathew Barnes – Law Pod UK

‘Taken from our recent seminar, ‘Erasure, Remediation and Rights of Appeal in Disciplinary Proceedings’, Mathew Barnes asks the question in his talk about remediation – Can you teach an old dog new tricks?’

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Law Pod UK, 18th February 2019

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‘Fear led our mother to kill our father. It wasn’t murder’ – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2019 in domestic violence, married persons, murder, news by sally

‘A mother-of-two who killed her husband in a hammer attack will make legal history later this month when her conviction for murder is reviewed by the Court of Appeal.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2019

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Husband who killed and burned wife’s body jailed – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2019 in arson, domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “controlling bully” who strangled his wife and burned her body after taking out £310,000 in life insurance has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2019

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Council did not do enough to protect young child from harm, Ombudsman finds – Local Government Lawyer

‘A young child was left with life-long injuries after a council missed opportunities to protect him from his mother’s violent partner, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th February 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

The Domestic Abuse Bill: a long-awaited overhaul or flawed legislation with an implementation problem? – Family Law Week

‘Hannah Gomersall, barrister at Coram Chambers, explores the proposed reforms set out in the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill: its scope, workability and whether the Family Court will be able to cope with the ensuing workload.’

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Family Law Week, 7th February 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Kathleen Griffin death: Torture killer ‘could have been stopped’ – BBC News

‘A woman was tortured and killed by a man who authorities should have stopped from living with her, a report said.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2019

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A draft domestic abuse bill Domestic abuse in 2019 – David Burrows – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 4th, 2019 in bills, domestic violence, news by sally

‘Domestic abuse is endemic in UK society. The law’s response has consisted of sporadic police prosecutions, a Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (rarely used), and uncoordinated remedies in family proceedings mostly under Family Law Act 1996 Part 4 (the non-molestation and the occupation order). Each is governed by a different set of procedural rules; and different means of enforcement. Views vary as to what is the legal definition of ‘domestic violence’ – still used by the Legal Aid Agency: see Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 – and ‘domestic abuse’, which is now defined by a family proceedings practice direction which deals only with children proceedings (yes, really): Family Procedure Rules 2010 PD12J.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st January 2019

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‘The day I went to prison, I got my life back’ – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2019 in domestic violence, imprisonment, news, women by sally

‘For many people, receiving a jail sentence would be the worst thing that ever happened to them. But when you’ve been experiencing domestic abuse – as most female prisoners have – you may see things slightly differently.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2019

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Woman found to have defamed ex-husband on Facebook takes fight to Supreme Court – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 24th, 2019 in appeals, assault, costs, defamation, domestic violence, families, news, Supreme Court, women by tracey

‘A woman who claimed on Facebook that her ex-husband tried to strangle her is set to fight a judge’s ruling that she is guilty of defamation because he wasn’t trying to kill her. Nicola Stocker, 51, will argue before the Supreme Court that she had used common language to describe the attack by her millionaire ex-husband, for which he was arrested, when talking to his new lover.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2019

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Domestic abuse: Non-physical and economic abuse included in law – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, news by sally

‘Non-physical and economic abuse are to be included in the first legal definition of domestic abuse as part of a landmark overhaul of the law.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2019

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‘This is not love’: victim of coercive control says she saw red flags from start –

‘Natalie Curtis decided to leave her husband when he marched her to a pawn shop to sell her wedding and engagement ring.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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‘Landmark’ overhaul for domestic abuse laws – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2019 in bills, domestic violence, news by tracey

‘Domestic abuse victims will receive a wide range of new measures to protect them in what ministers say will be landmark legislation.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2018

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