Victims need legally enforceable rights, commissioner says – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2017 in criminal justice, human rights, news, victims by tracey

‘The victims commissioner, Helen Newlove, has urged the government to guarantee victims legally enforceable rights within the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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Torture victims were wrongly imprisoned in UK, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2017 in detention, immigration, news, torture, victims by sally

‘Hundreds of victims of torture have been wrongly locked up in immigration detention centres, a high court judge has ruled, following a challenge by seven survivors of serious abuse.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2017

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Top police officer backs ‘Sammy’s law’ pardons for grooming victims – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in child abuse, criminal records, gangs, news, police, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Victims of grooming gangs should be pardoned for crimes they committed under the direction of their abuser, Britain’s leading child protection police officer has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2017

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Grooming victim fear over Coronation Street courtroom error – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2017 in anonymity, media, news, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Child sexual exploitation victims may fear coming forward after a courtroom sketch of a grooming victim was shown in Coronation Street, it is feared.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2017

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Plans for domestic violence register could save women’s lives – Daily Telegraph

‘An MP is to try to introduce a law to create a register of those convicted of domestic violence and make police warn new partners of a repeated offender’s violent past.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2017

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Sex abuse victims ‘failed’ by criminal payout scheme – BBC News

‘The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is to be investigated over concerns it is failing child sex abuse victims, the Victims’ Commissioner has told 5 live Investigates.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2017

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Calls for public inquiry as £37m compensation agreed for victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 28th, 2017 in compensation, doctors, health, inquiries, medical treatment, negligence, news, victims by sally

‘Victims of rogue cancer surgeon Ian Paterson yesterday called for a public inquiry into the regulation of private doctors as a High Court judge approved a £37 million compensation package for hundreds of people who suffered at his hands.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2017

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Ian Paterson: Spire Healthcare to pay out £27.2m to victims of rogue breast surgeon – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2017 in compensation, health, insurance, medical treatment, news, victims by tracey

‘Hundreds of NHS patients who suffered at the hands of rogue cancer surgeon Ian Paterson will have been paid more in compensation for their trauma than his private patients, it has emerged. Around 750 private patients operated on by the disgraced surgeon will receive a total of £37.2 million for the physical and psychological pain they suffered undergoing unnecessary treatment, it was announced yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2017

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Paedophile aged 102 sentenced for abusing five-year-old girl in the 1970s – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2017 in compensation, costs, elderly, news, sentencing, sexual offences, suspended sentences, victims by tracey

‘A 102-year-old man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a young girl from the age of five in the 1970s. A judge suspended Douglas Hammersley’s two-year prison sentence but ordered him to pay his victim £25,000 compensation within 21 days.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2017

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Victims shouldn’t expect police visits, says Chief Constable – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2017 in crime, internet, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Sussex Chief Constable Giles York questioned whether an in-person visit served any purpose and said it would be more “convenient” for members of the public to interact with the force online.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2017

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Abused children ‘refused compensation’ over consent – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, consent, freedom of information, news, sexual grooming, victims by tracey

‘A woman sexually abused as a child by a grooming gang leader was told by a government body she “consented” to it. Sammy Woodhouse was initially denied compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which said she was not “manipulated”. A Freedom of Information request revealed she is one of nearly 700 child victims of sexual abuse, including grooming, to be refused payments.’

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BBC News, 11th 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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Home Office funds new video enabled justice programme – Home Office

Posted September 5th, 2017 in courts, evidence, news, pilot schemes, police, victims, video recordings by sally

‘A new video link scheme designed to improve the way police officers give evidence and free up more time for front line duties will be piloted thanks to an £11m government cash injection.’

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Home Office, 4th 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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About a Boy – The Hidden Victims of Grooming – BBC Radio 4

Posted August 30th, 2017 in child abuse, news, police, sexual grooming, victims, young persons by sally

‘File on 4 tells one family’s story of fighting the authorities to get support and justice after a 13 year old boy was aggressively groomed by scores of men, aged from their 20s to their 50s. It is a shocking story of opportunities missed, meaning the boy endured assaults by multiple men for years. We look at the impact of that sustained abuse on him and his parents, who were desperately trying to shield him from harm. He says he was dismissed, and even blamed by authorities responsible for protecting him.’

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BBC Radio 4, 23rd July 2017

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Judge condemns Amber Rudd for ignoring orders to release torture victim – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2017 in arson, asylum, delay, detention, news, torture, victims by sally

‘A high court judge has said she is “deeply concerned” about the behaviour of Amber Rudd for failing to release a survivor of torture from detention despite repeated court orders requiring her to do so.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2017

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Police and council agree payouts for victims of child sexual exploitation – Local Government Lawyer

‘Victims of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation abuse scandal have started to receive compensation jointly from South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th August 2017

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Solicitor General: Asian gangs must be handed longer sentences for targeting white girls – Daily Telegraph

‘Judges must give longer sentences to Asian Muslim grooming gangs who abuse white teenage girls when there is evidence of racism, the Government’s senior legal advisor has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2017

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Female victims of violent crime ‘should receive more compensation’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 11th, 2017 in criminal injuries compensation, news, victims, women by tracey

‘Women should get more compensation after being a victim of crime because they are more negatively affected by it, a study has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2017

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Record number of criminals have sentences increased – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2017 in attorney general, criminal justice, news, sentencing, statistics, victims by sally

‘A record number of criminals have had their sentences increased after victims and their families complained that they had been treated too leniently.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2017

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