A few thoughts on the domestic abuse consultation

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March 13, 2018 1 comment

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“Through this Bill I want to fundamentally change the way we as a country think about domestic abuse, recognising that it is a crime that comes in many forms – physical, emotional, economic. This is about creating a society that protects individuals and families at the earliest opportunity, before such abuse has a chance to…

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FDACs, marriages, and domestic abuse

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March 9, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Well, actually a bit more than a week, as I’m starting with a couple of stories that I omitted from my roundup last Friday. The first story is about the problem-solving Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs), and I wanted to mention it here to once more praise the excellent…

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Government launches domestic abuse consultation

March 8, 2018 1 comment

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The government has launched its expected consultation on proposed new domestic violence legislation. Jointly launched by Justice Secretary David Gauke and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the consultation seeks views from interested parties, including victims, on “measures to be included in the government’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill.” The proposals include the possibility of special protections in…

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Home Secretary outlines new domestic abuse measures

February 27, 2018 3 comments

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd has outlined new measures designed to tackle domestic violence and abuse. Under the proposals, alleged victims would be entitled to special protections in court, including giving their evidence behind screens. They would also acquire a legal status similar to victims of slavery and sexual abuse. The proposals form part of a…

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