MPs call for inquiry into how family courts treat rape and abuse survivors – The Guardian

‘More than 120 MPs have called for the family courts to be opened up to greater scrutiny and for those who father children through rape to be denied parental rights.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

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Voices of children overlooked in family courts, says ex-head – BBC News

‘Family courts in England and Wales are not properly accommodating children’s voices and needs because the government has suggested “it would all cost too much”, their former head has said.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Police take legal action against former officer who had child with activist – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs are taking legal action against one of their former undercover officers who fathered a child during his covert infiltration of leftwing groups and then abandoned him.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2019

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Councils to have statutory duty to deliver support in secure accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils are to be legally required for the first time to deliver support in secure accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse, the Government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th May 2019

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Tech firms to give secret evidence at child sexual abuse inquiry – The Guardian

‘Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google are to give secret evidence to the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) as it examines the growing problem of online exploitation.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

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PM vows to end postcode lottery for domestic abuse victims

‘The prime minister has vowed to end the postcode lottery for those escaping domestic abuse.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

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Court service starts another video hearing pilot running – Legal Futures

‘A pilot enabling domestic abuse victims to take part in hearings by video link from a computer in their solicitor’s office has begun running in Manchester.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2019

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Paignton burglar found asleep on victim’s sofa jailed – BBC News

‘A burglar who was found asleep on his victim’s sofa with a bag of stolen property next to him has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2019

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Church rejects report which says clergy should be allowed to go to police with sex abuse confessions – Daily Telegraph

‘The Church of England is ignoring abuse victims, survivors claim, after it rejected a report saying that clergy should report sex abuse confessions to police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2019

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Anger as man who abused girlfriend is spared prison by judge who told him there are ‘lots more fish in the sea’ – The Independent

‘A man who has been convicted of coercive control has been spared prison after a judge told him to leave his ex-girlfriend alone because there are “lots more fish in the sea”.’

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The Independent, 8th May 2019

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Rape victims demand a say in official review of criminal justice failings – The Guardian

‘Victims’ organisations are to press for closer involvement in the government’s review of falling rape prosecutions, warning that complainants’ credibility and sexual history are increasingly being made the focus of trials.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2019

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Grenfell families call for major changes to inquiry set-up – The Guardian

Posted May 8th, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, families, fire, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘Families have called on the public inquiry into the Grenfell fire which killed 72 people to make major changes to its procedures, amid mounting concerns that their voices are not being heard.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2019

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Grenfell Tower inquiry ‘failing to deliver’ as survivors and bereaved families ‘lose faith’, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘The Grenfell Tower inquiry is “failing to deliver” on promises it made to traumatised survivors and the families of victims, who have “lost faith” in the process, lawyers have warned.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2019

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Gosport hospital scandal: Families of victims furious at lack of immediate charges after 21-year fight for justice – The Independent

‘Families whose loved ones were killed in Gosport War Memorial Hospital have expressed their fury at the prospect of enduring a further wait that could last years to learn whether criminal charges are to be brought.’

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The Independent, 30th April 2019

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Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones – The Guardian

‘Victims of rape and serious sexual assault who refuse to give police access to their mobile phone contents could allow suspects to avoid charges, two top officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2019

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Charities condemn Tory cuts to criminal injuries compensation scheme – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in charities, criminal injuries compensation, news, victims by sally

‘A fall of nearly 60% in the number of victims receiving payments from the criminal injuries compensation scheme, and an almost halving of the amount paid out since the Conservative government came to power, have been condemned by an alliance of charities.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2019

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High court suspends Home Office policy limiting support for slavery victims – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has suspended a Home Office policy that cuts off after six weeks all statutory support to slavery victims in the UK, ruling that it risks causing “irreparable harm to very vulnerable individuals”.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2019

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Vicarious liability not a “one-way street” for accident victims – Litigation Futures

‘Assessing the demands of social justice in cases involving vicarious liability is “not a one-way street” for accident victims, a High Court judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th April 2019

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Man jailed for four years over plot to bomb south London mosque – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2019 in explosives, Islam, mental health, news, racism, sentencing, terrorism, victims by sally

‘A violent racist with a history of mental health problems who admitted a terrorist offence and stockpiling equipment to bomb a mosque has been jailed for four years, one of the lowest sentences for someone plotting a potentially deadly attack.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2019

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Review shows police ‘short changing’ fraud victims – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 11th, 2019 in fraud, news, police, reports, victims by sally

‘A critical review of the way in which UK law enforcement responds to reports of fraud underlines the importance of civil recovery routes for victims, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th April 2019

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