DWP publishes new guide to help for domestic abuse

January 8, 2018 10 comments

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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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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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Council control could see thousands of refuges closed

November 29, 2017 1 comment

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Government plans to give local councils sole control over housing funds could lead to thousands of domestic violence refuges closing, Women’s Aid has claimed. Currently housing benefit provides shelters for female domestic violence (DV) victims with their primary source of income. Like all benefits, it is paid by the government directly to the individual recipient….

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11% of teen girls say they’ve seen domestic abuse

November 24, 2017 0 comments

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Eleven per cent of teenage girls aged between 16 and 19 say they have experienced domestic abuse, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported, making that age group the one most likely to be targeted. Seven per cent of boys also report abuse, the ONS notes in a new bulletin collating government, Police and…

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Domestic abuse may overshadow other risks to children

November 15, 2017 2 comments

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Domestic violence in the home may overshadow other serious risks to children a new Cafcass report suggests. The court service examined the details of 97 serious case reviews. These are conducted following the death of vulnerable children or when such youngsters experience serious harm. The researchers found that having parents prone to outbursts of domestic…

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Children in need, fraudulent petitions and more

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November 10, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has dismissed media concerns over their decision to place a child in the care of a Muslim foster family, following an investigation by a senior social worker from the council. The allegations, which were made in the national press, included that the child had…

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