DWP publishes new guide to help for domestic abuse

January 8, 2018 10 comments

domestic violence

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new guide to the services they provide for victims of domestic abuse. It outlines the different benefits available to those who need them, such as housing benefit, jobseekers’ allowance and discretionary housing payments. It also explains the rules concerning child maintenance. The guidance notes begins by…

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Police slow to engage with ‘coercive control’ laws

December 29, 2017 7 comments

family law

Police forces have been slow to engage with coercive control laws, new figures suggest. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act came into force at the end of 2015. It defined “controlling or coercive behaviour’ as a form of domestic violence. To count, it must have taken place within an “intimate or family relationship” over…

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ONS claims domestic violence increase

October 24, 2017 2 comments

family law

Reported incidents of domestic violence increased by close to 20 per cent last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. In its newly published Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2017, the ONS say 511,319 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to the Police over the year, a sizeable 18 percent…

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MP proposes domestic violence register

October 3, 2017 8 comments

family law

A Welsh MP has proposed a domestic violence register for anyone convicted of the crime. Liz Saville Roberts is the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd. Her proposed method to protect people from becoming victims would require anyone found guilty of domestic violence to submit their name, date of birth, home address and National Insurance…

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Does Gingerbread have a monopoly on the argument?

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June 30, 2017 26 comments

finances and divorce

In an article in The Times this week headlined Fathers use elaborate tricks to avoid paying child support we hear the same one sided story from ‘single parent’ charity Gingerbread that men are feckless ‘high-rollers’ who care nothing for their children and create elaborate financial scams to defraud the hapless child maintenance and tax authorities…

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Mother wins appeal against relocation refusal

June 12, 2017 2 comments

relocation

The Italian mother of a five year-old boy has won her appeal against a ruling that she cannot move back to the country with him. His father was also an Italian national. The couple had originally met as teenagers. Both later moved to the UK for work. Their son, ‘D’, was born in England in…

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Hindering contact is ‘coercive control’

May 4, 2017 21 comments

family law

Making life difficult for non-resident parents is a form of coercive control, a fathers group has claimed in a response to draft legislation. The Domestic Abuse Scotland Bill, currently under consideration by Hollyrood would outlaw behaviour deemed to be “abusive of the person’s partner or ex-partner”. Its provisions include so-called ‘coercive control’ – i.e. threats,…

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Council must pay thousands to father who lost children

March 28, 2017 2 comments

child abduction

A local autority had been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to a father whose children were taken to Australia by their mother. The case concerned a man who had attended the offices of Somerset County Council in Taunton one day and asked for assistance, saying he was unable to work and complaining…

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Domestic violence cross-examination in the spotlight

February 23, 2017 6 comments

family law

The government has published a new draft bill which would ban the cross-examination  in court of domestic violence accusers by their alleged attackers. The Prison and Courts Bill was introduced today by Justice Secretary Liz Truss. Its various provisions include measures to address this controversial practice, which persists in family courts despite being prohibited in…

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