22 year-old becomes first woman convicted of coercive behaviour

April 17, 2018 5 comments

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A Fine Arts graduate has become the first woman to be convicted of ‘coercive control’ since the offence was created. The 22 year, from Hertfordshire, was arrested days after her boyfriend was taken to hospital with extensive scalding injuries after she had thrown boiling water over him. Neighbours had reported regular disturbances, the sound of…

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Contact ideas, refuges and shouting barristers

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March 29, 2018 0 comments

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A week (well, nearly) in family law Lord Justice McFarlane has put forward some interesting ideas regarding the issue of contact, both in relation to contact with adopted children by members of their natural family, and in relation to private law contact disputes between parents. In a speech to the NAGALRO annual conference he said…

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A few thoughts on the domestic abuse consultation

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March 13, 2018 2 comments

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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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Domestic abuse victims ‘can vote anonymously’

March 9, 2018 0 comments

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Victims of domestic abuse living in shelters and refuges can now vote anonymously, following changes to voter registration rules. The estimated 12,000 residents of domestic violence shelters, along with those living in the community, will be able to register to vote without their name appearing on the public electoral role, in order to prevent their…

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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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Costs, pensions, domestic violence and more

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March 2, 2018 1 comment

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A week in family law The Arctic weather conditions across the country may have grabbed the headlines this week, but there were also a few significant family law news stories… First up, a mother is facing having to pay a costs bill approaching £20,000, after successfully challenging an order made in care proceedings relating to…

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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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