Counselling scheme cuts domestic violence offences

August 16, 2017 1 comment

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A counselling scheme for first-time offenders in domestic violence cases has reportedly cut further incidents by almost a third. Researchers from Cambridge University focused on 300 men who had been arrested by Hampshire Police for different types of domestic abuse, such as assault, threatening behaviour or criminal damage. None of them had a criminal record…

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Cafcass report ‘betrayed the trust’ of fathers (update)

August 1, 2017 40 comments

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Campaigning charity Families Need Fathers (FNF) has condemned last week’s joint report by Cafcass and Women’s Aid as ‘betraying the trust’ of fathers. The report claimed that no less than 62 per cent of all applications to the courts regarding arrangements for children feature allegations of domestic violence. The figure was based on an analysis…

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Malaysian MP claims wives ‘abuse’ husbands by refusing sex

July 27, 2017 3 comments

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A Malaysian MP has been criticised for his claim that a wife who refuses sex is committing “emotional abuse”. The comment came during a recent parliamentary debate on various amendments to the country’s domestic violence legislation. Lawmaker Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh, of the ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) party, claimed that men were more likely…

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Israeli MPs consider false domestic claims

July 15, 2017 4 comments

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A meeting staged by Israeli MPs this week attracted angry protests and petitions calling for its cancellation. The Knesset Committee on Distributive Justice and Social Equality discussed an alleged rise in the number of Israeli women making false claims of domestic violence against their husbands. The discussion was entitled: Dealing with False Complaints – Are…

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Northern Ireland: 12% victims of domestic violence

July 3, 2017 1 comment

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A little over 12 per cent of people in Northern Ireland have been victims of domestic violence in their lives. This figure comes from a report published by the Department of Justice in the Northern Ireland Assembly. According to the figures included in this document, just over 15 per cent of women and more than…

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Medical treatment, divorce statistics and more

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June 23, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, has criticised the thinking behind attempts to make courts financially self-sufficient. In a speech at the Palace of Westminster he insisted that courts are not ‘a provider of consumer services’. He said that “the characterisation of the courts as being service providers akin to…

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