Victims’ statements ‘a success’ – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2008 in murder, news, victims by sally

“A pilot scheme giving murder victims’ families a chance to tell the court how the death has affected them has been a success, says the Ministry of Justice.”

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BBC News, 30th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court statements for families of murder victims ‘a success’ says new report – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 30th, 2008 in murder, news, victims by sally

“A pilot scheme giving families of murder victims a chance to tell the court how the death has affected them has proven to be a success, according to research published today by the Ministry of Justice.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw driven nuts by his own jargon – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 28th, 2008 in news, prisons, victims by sally

“In an outspoken attack, he criticised prison campaigners for overlooking the suffering of victims while becoming ‘lost in a fog of platitudes’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2008

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Rape victims have to pay when calling for help – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 28th, 2008 in news, rape, telecommunications, victims by sally

“Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said new Government-funded Sexual Assault Referral Centres across the country will improve the support given to victims.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Straw puts victims first and says punishment is main point of prison – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2008 in news, punishment, victims by sally

“Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is to signal a more punitive approach to prisons today by attacking the ‘criminal justice lobby’ for putting the needs of offenders before those of victims.”

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The Guardian, 27th October 2008

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Crime victims face ‘postcode lottery’ in policing, says report – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 17th, 2008 in crime, news, police, victims by sally

“Crime victims are having to wait for up to a week before they can see a police officer and untrained officers are being sent to investigate serious offences, reports from the policing standards watchdog show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s U-turn on knife crime plan – The Times

Posted July 15th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, victims by sally

“The Government’s strategy on knife crime was in disarray last night as the Home Secretary was accused of a U-turn over plans, briefed at the weekend, to confront offenders with stabbing victims in hospital.”

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The Times, 15th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Knife offenders to meet victims’ families as police take tougher line – The Independent

Posted July 14th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, victims by sally

“Police are to be ordered to mount a new offensive against knife crime, with more young people searched for weapons in the eight parts of the country worst affected by stabbings.”

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The Independent, 14th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Peers call for cybercrime shakeup (again) – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 9th, 2008 in computer crime, news, police, victims by sally

“Peers are calling for a reversal of rules that stop UK victims reporting cybercrimes directly to the police. The House of Lords science committee is also encouraging the government to introduce a data breach notification law.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th July 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Witness and victim experience survey: early findings – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 4th, 2008 in news, reports, victims, witnesses by sally

“The Witness and Victim Experience Survey is a national telephone survey that explores victims’ and witnesses’ experiences of the criminal justice system in England and Wales in cases that have resulted in criminal charges.

This report explores the provision of information and services to victims and witnesses in cases closed between February 2005 to January 2006, and of the progress made at a local and national level against key criminal justice system initiatives.”

Early findings from the Witness and Victim Experience Survey: information and service provision (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 3rd July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Brady challenged to find Bennett – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2008 in murder, news, victims by sally

“Moors murderer Ian Brady has been challenged by a lawyer to help police find the body of Keith Bennett.”

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BBC News, 26th June 2008

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Law Reform, Victims and Witnesses Bill – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 9th, 2008 in bills, criminal justice, news, victims, witnesses by sally

“The Law Reform, Victims and Witnesses Bill aims to deliver a more effective, transparent and responsive justice system for victims, witnesses and the wider public.”

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Ministry of Justice, 9th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Police staff to patrol youth courts in knife crime crackdown – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, victims, witnesses, youth courts by sally

“Dedicated police staff are to patrol London’s youth courts to encourage knife crime victims and witnesses to testify against their attackers.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Draft legislative programme: new proposals to empower the individual – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 15th, 2008 in constitutional law, coroners, victims, witnesses by sally

“New proposals to give greater protection to victims and witnesses in court are among those set out in the Ministry of Justice’s contribution to the Draft Legislative Programme announced by the Prime Minister today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Preparing Britain for the Future – the Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09 (PDF)

CPS publishes response to All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Antisemitism – Crown Prosecution Service

“A Crown Prosecution Service investigation into cases involving antisemitism, carried out as part of its response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, has found that more needs to be done to encourage victims to support a prosecution.”

Press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 6th May 2008

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Related link: Crown Prosecution Service response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism

Violence on women ‘costs £40bn’ – BBC News

Posted April 23rd, 2008 in news, sexual offences, victims, violence, women by sally

“Violence against women costs £40bn a year in England and Wales, according to a charity report.”

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BBC News, 23rd April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Help for forgotten victims of miscarriages of justice – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2008 in miscarriage of justice, special report, victims by sally

“The euphoria lasts for a few weeks, or possibly months, before the reality of freedom for a victim of miscarriage of justice sets in, says John McManus. The reality can mean depression, drug addiction, alcoholism and a premature death.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rape victims failed by lack of funds, say campaigners – The Independent

Posted April 16th, 2008 in news, rape, victims by sally

“A chronic lack of funding and an inadequate legal system is leading to a crisis in care for rape victims in Britain, campaigners said yesterday. They accused the Government of ‘failing to provide the support women want and need’ in the aftermath of traumatic sexual abuse.”

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The Independent, 16th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Intermediaries to help young sex abuse victims in court – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2008 in news, sexual offences, victims by sally

“Sex offenders who prey on adults with learning disabilities and young children are to be brought to justice under a groundbreaking scheme to be launched throughout England and Wales next month.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rape support service ‘in crisis’ – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2008 in news, rape, victims by sally

“Services for rape victims in England and Wales are in crisis, with half of support centres at risk of closure, a campaign group has warned.”

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BBC News, 29th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk