Child Maintenance Service to clamp down on domestic abuse – Family Law

‘Survivors of domestic abuse will be given the choice to allow the CMS to collect and make payments on their behalf – without the consent of an abusive ex-partner. This will prevent perpetrators from using child maintenance as a form of ongoing financial abuse and control and mean survivors will not have to have contact with their ex-partner if there is evidence of domestic violence.’

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Family Law, 26th January 2023

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

K v K – a retreat from progress in the family courts? – Family Law Week

Posted January 31st, 2023 in contact orders, domestic violence, family courts, news, victims by tracey

‘Dr Adrienne Barnett, Reader in Law, Brunel University, London, and Dr Charlotte Proudman, barrister at Goldsmith Chambers and director at Right to Equality, consider whether K v K [2022] EWCA Civ 468 favours the resolution of resource constraints over the safety and welfare of victims of domestic abuse.’

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Family Law Week, 30th January 2023

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

New reforms to tackle ‘abuse’ of modern slavery laws by criminals – The Independent

‘Tough new rules will make it harder for migrants convicted of serious offences to claim to be victims of modern slavery, under plans announced by the Home Secretary.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2023

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Mother wins legal battle over tribunal’s refusal to say why son’s killer was discharged from hospital – The Guardian

‘A woman has won a legal battle against a mental health tribunal over its refusal to provide her with the the reasons for releasing her son’s killer into the community.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Better protection for rape victims from invasive record requests – Home Office

‘The Home Office will legislate to protect people, including rape victims, from unnecessary requests for personal records.’

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Home Office, 20th January 2023

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People born of rape now recognised in Victims’ Code in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2023 in bills, children, families, Ministry of Justice, news, pregnancy, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A woman conceived through rape, who has campaigned for a change in the law to recognise people like herself as victims, is celebrating after achieving her goal. The government has announced that the victims’ bill will extend the definition of a “victim” to include people who are born as a result of rape. It means England and Wales will be among the first in the world to officially confer victim status to children born of rape.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2023

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Victims and families call for prosecutions as contaminated blood inquiry nears end – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2023 in bereavement, blood products, families, inquiries, news, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Victims and family members affected by the contaminated blood scandal are calling for criminal charges to be considered as the public inquiry into the tragedy draws to a close. While the inquiry, which will begin to hear closing submissions on Tuesday, cannot determine civil or criminal liability, people affected by the scandal are keen for the mass of documents and evidence accumulated over more than four years to be handed over to prosecutors to see whether charges can be brought.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2023

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Home Office accused of failing vulnerable groups in detention centres – watchdog – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2023 in asylum, detention, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, torture, victims by tracey

‘A watchdog says a belief among some Home Office staff that migrants are trying to abuse the system is causing “shortcomings” in the care of vulnerable groups in immigration removal centres. The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s (ICIBI) report focuses on the Home Office’s Rule 35 process, calling it “ineffective”.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2023

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Rape response overhaul delivers progress – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims are seeing significant improvements in the criminal justice system’s response to rape, a new report has revealed today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th December 2022

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Manchester Arena attack: Martyn’s Law for venue security to cover all of UK – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2022 in crime prevention, families, local government, news, terrorism, victims by tracey

‘New legislation will be introduced to tighten security at venues in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing. The new rules, dubbed Martyn’s Law, will cover all of the UK and require venues and local authorities to have preventative action plans against terror attacks, the government said.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2022

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Children classed as domestic abuse victims under new guidance – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Children affected by domestic abuse will be automatically treated as victims regardless of whether they were present during violent incidents, the CPS announced today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th December 2022

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Scathing report condemns police in England and Wales for ‘victim blaming’ in rape cases – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2022 in criminal justice, news, police, rape, reports, victims by tracey

‘A damning official examination into how police forces tackle rape has exposed persistent failings in the criminal justice system, including a failure to track repeat suspects, “explicit victim-blaming” and botched investigations.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2022

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Trafficking victim wins landmark victory in Salvation Army data case – The Guardian

‘A victim of county lines trafficking has won a landmark victory in the high court securing new protections against the Salvation Army handing over confidential information to the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2022

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Street harassment: Wolf whistling to be banned in crackdown – BBC News

‘Sexual harassment on the street will be made a crime with jail sentences of up to two years, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 9th December 2022

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Children growing up in households with domestic abuse to be recognised as victims – The Independent

‘Children who grow up amid domestic abuse will be treated as victims and given specialist support even if they were not present during violent attacks.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2022

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Nightclub spiking: Police apology after victim waits five months for test result – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2022 in assault, criminal justice, delay, drug offences, news, police, victims by sally

‘A woman who had been injected with morphine in a nightclub waited five months for test results after reporting the attack to the police.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2022

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Thousands of survivors to be protected from prison abusers – Ministry of Justice

‘Survivors will be better protected from domestic abusers who attempt to continue their campaign of terror from behind bars.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th November 2022

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‘Deeply unjust’ postcode lottery putting lives of domestic abuse victims at risk – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2022 in bills, domestic violence, news, reports, statistics, victims by sally

‘The Domestic Abuse Commissioner has warned a “deeply unjust” postcode lottery is putting the lives of victims at risk in a report that maps services nationally for the first time ever.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2022

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Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative strategy – Government publications

‘This strategy sets out the UK government’s approach to preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence.’

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Government publications, 28th November 2022

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New laws to better protect victims from abuse of intimate images – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 25th, 2022 in bills, consent, internet, Law Commission, Ministry of Justice, news, pornography, victims by tracey

‘Victims will be better protected from abusers who share intimate images without their consent, under a raft of changes to the law announced today (25 November 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2022

Source: www.gov.uk