Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims – The Guardian

‘Time limits preventing vulnerable victims of domestic violence from obtaining legal aid for court hearings are to be scrapped, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will announce.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2017

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Domestic abuse victims wait nearly two years for compensation – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2017 in compensation, domestic violence, news, statistics, victims by sally

‘Domestic violence victims are waiting almost two years on average to receive compensation for abuse they have suffered, government statistics have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2017

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Child of incestuous rape seeks compensation – BBC News

‘A severely disabled man born after an incestuous rape is seeking compensation at the Court of Appeal as a victim.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2017

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Dying man gives evidence with his eyes to help convict vicar who abused him – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2017 in child abuse, clergy, evidence, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A former church chorister rendered immobile by motor neurone disease has been helped to fulfil his dying wish – to give courtroom evidence against his abuser using eye-tracking technology.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2017

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Violent abusers to be prevented from cross-examining ex-partners in court – The Guardian

‘Domestic violence victims will no longer face the threat of being interrogated by their former partners in court under proposed legislation.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2017

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Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry finds no evidence of cover-up – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in child abuse, complaints, inquiries, news, parliament, police, victims by sally

‘A police inquiry has found no evidence of a cover-up of historical sexual abuse at a residential school linked to the late politician Cyril Smith, prompting criticisms from an MP.’

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The Guardian, February 2017

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Retired dentist who tried to murder wife after falling victim to fraud spared jail as she begs judge not to send him to prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A retired dentist who tried to strangle his wife with a tie after he was conned out of £200,000 has been spared jail after she begged the judge not to send him to prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2017

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MP proposes UK rape shield law to protect victims in court – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2017 in bills, cross-examination, news, rape, victims by tracey

‘A private member’s bill to protect rape victims from being cross-examined in court about their sexual history is to be introduced to the House of Commons.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2017

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Rape accusers ‘face court ordeal by defence lawyers’ – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2017 in bad character, bills, cross-examination, news, rape, sexual offences, trials, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Rape complainants are being routinely questioned in court about their sexual histories and even the way they were dressed on the night they were attacked, according to a damning dossier of case studies to be presented to MPs this week. The findings have triggered calls for the law to be tightened to protect complainants better.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2017

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UK police accused of ignoring claims about abuse by prison staff – The Guardian

‘At least 14 former inmates of a detention centre who made allegations of historical sexual and physical abuse against prison officers claim that their complaints were ignored by police.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2017

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Speaking to Witnesses at Court – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in courts, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘More than nine out of 10 victims and witnesses are now satisfied with the support provided to them at court by the CPS, following the implementation of a ground-breaking initiative. Since April 2016, the CPS has been rolling out a new nationwide programme in which prosecution staff or advocates provide essential information to witnesses at court in order to assist them in giving their evidence. This rollout was completed across all courts last Autumn.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd February 2017

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Review of Practice Direction 12J FPR 2010 – Child Arrangement and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Report to the President of the Family Division by The Hon. Mr. Justice Cobb.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th January 2017

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Munby: video-links in family courts ‘a disgrace’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 24th, 2017 in courts, evidence, family courts, judges, news, victims, video recordings, witnesses by sally

‘The president of the Family Division has berated the state of equipment in family courts, including his own court in London’s Royal Courts of Justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd January 2017

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Jehovah’s Witnesses charity drops attempts to block abuse inquiry – The Guardian

‘he UK’s main Jehovah’s Witnesses charity has dropped efforts to block an investigation into how it handled allegations of sexual abuse, including of children, after a legal fight lasting more than two years.’

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The Guardian, 2r3d January 2017

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Lee Rigby’s mother ‘threatened with arrest’ over court hearing – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in appeals, harassment, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has said she was threatened with arrest unless she attended the appeal hearing of a man who harassed her over her son’s death.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2017

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Rape victims shouldn’t have to pay for their own justice through the civil courts – The Independent

‘The jury in a criminal case must believe the accused is guilty ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, meaning that a victim can be believed and yet a ‘not guilty’ verdict is still returned. This is part of the reason that many cases never reach trial: the police or CPS think the evidence may not fulfil the tough requirements of the criminal courts.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2017

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Families of murder victims to get more support – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 19th, 2017 in families, murder, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Relatives of murder victims where an individual is acquitted after a trial will be offered enhanced support under a scheme launched today (17 January). Justice After Acquittal (JAA) has worked with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police to draw up new National Standards of Support (NSS). JAA is a voluntary organisation set up to provide support to families who suffer the double trauma of the murder of a loved one and the subsequent acquittal of the alleged perpetrator.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th January 2017

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All crime victims ‘should get court statement opportunity’ – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2017 in criminal justice, news, victims by tracey

‘All victims of crime should be given the chance to make a statement in court about the impact the offence has had on their lives, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales has said.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2017

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Criminal system failing fraud victims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 17th, 2017 in assets recovery, criminal justice, fraud, news, victims by tracey

‘UK authorities must do more to prioritise the recovery of assets that have been defrauded from businesses, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th January 2017

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FCO reviews policy of making forced marriage victims pay for flights – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2017 in costs, forced marriages, news, repayment, victims by tracey

‘The Foreign Office is to review its policy on forced marriage after the Guardian revealed that victims are ordered to repay the government the costs of their repatriation.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2017

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