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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Underfunded and overstretched: the lawyers seeking justice for Grenfell – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2017 in bereavement, fire, housing, law centres, legal aid, news, pro bono work, victims by sally

‘North Kensington Law Centre was the first in the UK to offer access to justice for the poor and vulnerable. Now fighting for financial survival, the tragedy on its doorstep has meant NKLC’s services are more in demand than ever.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2017

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Head of review into historic sexual abuse in English football appeals for abuse survivors to come forward – The Independent

Posted July 24th, 2017 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, sexual offences, sport, victims by sally

‘The head of the review into historic sexual abuse in English football has appealed to abuse survivors to come forward and tell their stories.’

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The Independent, 23rd July 2017

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Contaminated blood inquiry runs into trouble as victims boycott consultation – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2017 in blood products, government departments, HIV, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘Officials forced to rethink plans as all key campaign groups refuse to attend meeting due to involvement of Department of Health.’

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The Guardian, 21st july 2017

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Sexually abused children as young as 12 refused compensation on grounds they ‘consented’, warn charities – The Independent

‘Sexually abused children as young as 12 are being refused compensation by a Government agency on the grounds that they “consented” to their abuse, charities have warned.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2017

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‘Soft sentence’ correction scheme extended to terror offences – Ministry of Justice

’19 terror-related offences will be added to Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme to keep families and communities safe.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2017

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Stalking victims being failed, say watchdogs – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2017 in harassment, news, police, reports, stalking, victims by sally

‘Victims of harassment and stalking are being left at risk because of failings by police and prosecutors in England and Wales, say two watchdogs.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2017

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Government says unlawful subletting at Grenfell Tower should not be prosecuted – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 4th, 2017 in fire, illegality, landlord & tenant, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘The Government has issued guidance to prosecutors not to bring charges for unlawful subletting at Grenfell Tower so that victims can be identified.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd July 2017

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Stalking victim Helen Pearson rejects police apology over stabbing – BBC News

Posted June 29th, 2017 in assault, news, police, professional conduct, stalking, victims by sally

A woman who was stabbed by her stalker has dismissed a police apology as “meaningless”.

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BBC News, 29th June 2017

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Hillsborough families hail ‘the beginning of the end’ in their 28-year struggle for justice – Daily Telegraph

‘The families of the Hillsborough victims have hailed the “beginning of the end” in their 28-year struggle for justice following the decision to prosecute the match day police commander over 95 deaths.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2017

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Victims pull out of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Sex abuse victims have been “utterly marginalised” by an inquiry set up to help them, one of the victims claimed.’

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BBC News, 17th June 2017

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Inquiry into child sexual abuse ‘not fit for purpose’, claims victims’ group – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A victims’ group has said it is formally withdrawing from the national inquiry into child sexual abuse, claiming the investigation is “not fit for purpose”.
Survivors of Organised and Institutional Abuse (Soia) said it announced the decision with “deep regret” but felt the inquiry was not serving the needs of victims.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2017

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Cross examination of abused wife a ‘stain’ on justice system – judge – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A High Court judge has said he will refuse to allow alleged domestic abusers to cross examine their victims in any future hearings he oversees.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st May 2017

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Victims of slavery and human trafficking ‘abandoned’ as soon as they are identified – The Independent

‘Hundreds of slavery victims in the UK are being “abandoned” by the authorities as soon as they are identified, placing them at risk of falling straight back into the hands of traffickers, experts have warned.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2017

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Top QC implied sex assault victim ‘bore responsibility’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A senior silk has been reprimanded after a disciplinary tribunal found that he implied that a woman who was sexually assaulted by her stepfather bore responsibility for the attack.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th May 2017

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Fox News must let Ofcom meet harassment victims, lawyer says – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2017 in harassment, injunctions, media, news, sex discrimination, victims by sally

‘Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox should waive gagging orders on victims of alleged racial and sexual harassment at Fox News so they can speak to the UK media watchdog, a lawyer representing the victims has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2017

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Number of suspected slavery victims in London expected to leap by 60% – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2017 in human rights, London, news, police, statistics, victims by tracey

‘The head of the Metropolitan police’s anti-slavery unit has said the number of suspected victims in London is expected to leap by 60% this year, as campaigners warn that people are being left open to repeated abuse because of a failure to protect them.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2017

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