Victims of child sexual abuse detail experiences in online anthology – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2018 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published an unprecedented online anthology of sexual abuse in institutions, with 125 victims detailing the horrors they experienced in schools, sports clubs, churches and other groups.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2018

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Data gathering ‘may deny rape victims access to justice – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2018 in consent, criminal justice, data protection, disclosure, evidence, news, police, privacy, rape, victims by sally

The intrusive gathering of data about possible rape victims is unlawful and risks preventing them coming forward, according to London’s victims’ commissioner.

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The Guardian, 17th October 2018

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Hate crime linked to religion doubled in three years – Daily Telegraph

‘Hate crime has surged across the country, new figures have revealed, with those directed at people because of their religious beliefs doubling since 2015.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2018

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End of ‘buying off’ sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners, as gagging orders set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2018

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Parents ‘weaponising’ domestic violence orders, claims charity – The Guardian

‘The number of non-molestation orders – issued by courts to prevent domestic abuse – has rocketed by 37% over the past five years because they are being exploited to secure legal aid, according to the charity Families Needs Fathers.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

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People traffickers jailed after exploiting vulnerable and homeless people – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A gang of human traffickers, including six members of the same family, have been jailed for more than 24 years’ for trafficking and exploiting vulnerable and homeless people.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th October 2018

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‘Deceitful’ £17m solar panel scam gang jailed for fraud – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in elderly, fraud, news, sentencing, Serious Fraud Office, victims by sally

‘Six men have been jailed over a £17m fraud involving selling solar panels to elderly, retired and vulnerable people.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2018

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Police demands for potential rape victims’ data spark privacy fears – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2018 in data protection, news, police, privacy, rape, victims by sally

‘Police are demanding almost unfettered access to highly personal records and data from potential rape victims before pressing ahead with their cases, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2018

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Judge slams decision to house paedophile near children’s home – BBC News

‘A judge has ordered a police force and council to pay £52,000 to a sex abuse victim after a convicted paedophile was housed near his children’s home.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2018

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Private probation firms ‘put victims of abuse at risk’ – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2018 in contracting out, domestic violence, news, probation, rehabilitation, victims by sally

‘Tens of thousands of victims of domestic abuse and children are being put at further risk of harm by privatised offender supervision companies whose staff lack the skills, experience and time to supervise perpetrators, according to a new report.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2018

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Domestic abuse victims turning to civil courts because police are failing to enforce law – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 17th, 2018 in domestic violence, injunctions, news, victims by sally

‘Domestic abuse victims are increasingly turning to the civil courts for protection because the police are failing to enforce the law of coercive control, it has emerged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2018

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Justice Secretary unveils Victims Strategy – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 10th, 2018 in criminal injuries compensation, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Support for victims of crime will be overhauled following the launch of the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th September 2018

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Victims of major disasters like Hillsborough and Grenfell to receive extra support under new strategy – The Independent

Posted September 10th, 2018 in health & safety, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of major disasters like the Grenfell Tower fire and Hillsborough will be given extra support so their voices can be heard, under plans announced by the government.
It is consulting on the creation of an “independent public advocate”, who would guide bereaved families through the investigative process and inquests, keep them informed and ensure that they receive help.’

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The Independent, 10th September 2018

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Grenfell Tower: Kensington and Chelsea Council worker admits fraud – BBC News

Posted August 31st, 2018 in bereavement, fire, fraud, guilty pleas, health & safety, local government, news, theft, victims by tracey

‘A council worker has admitted defrauding around £60,000 from the Grenfell Tower victim fund.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2018

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Plan to change personal injury claim rules ‘will penalise victims’ – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2018 in costs, news, personal injuries, small claims, victims by sally

‘Victims will find it harder to secure compensation from employers under plans to double the lower limit for recovering costs in minor injury cases, the Ministry of Justice has been warned.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2018

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Let cameras into court to tame aggressive barristers, says Victims’ Commissioner – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 20th, 2018 in barristers, media, news, reporting restrictions, victims by sally

‘Bringing cameras into courtrooms would tame “aggressive barristers”, the Victims’ Commissioner has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2018

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Victims may stop reporting rape over fears phone evidence will be used against them, official warns – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2018 in evidence, news, police, rape, victims by tracey

‘Women may not report rape to police because of fears material from their phones will be used to discredit them, the victims commissioner for London has warned.’

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The Independent, 8th August 2018

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Baroness Newlove: Reform ‘derisory’ victims of crime compensation scheme – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2018 in compensation, crime, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of crime are having to wait too long for compensation under a “derisory” system, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Baroness Newlove called for a change to the way court-ordered financial awards are paid after they are imposed on convicted offenders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2018

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Child sexual abuse investigation fined £200,000 after sending bulk email identifying possible victims – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2018 in data protection, fines, inquiries, news, privacy, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims. Ninety participants in the public inquiry were potentially identified by the “concerning” blunder, said the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which warned the incident had “placed vulnerable people at risk”.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2018

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Rape and domestic violence victims at risk as police fail to record tens of thousands of crimes, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2018 in crime, domestic violence, news, police, rape, sexual offences, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Victims are being left at risk by the police’s failure to investigate tens of thousands of crimes, including rape, violence and domestic abuse, a watchdog has warned.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that almost one in five crimes reported to Lincolnshire Police were not being formally recorded, meaning they are not investigated and victims cannot access support.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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