Bradford praised for domestic violence efforts

April 24, 2017 1 comment

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Authorities in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford have been praised for their efforts to tackle domestic violence. Inspectorate Ofsted worked with the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of (HMI) Constabulary and HMI Probation. They conducted a joint inspection of ‘multi-agency responses’ to domestic violence and abuse, amongst the Police, social workers and doctors…

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Man must inform police of any new girlfriends

April 5, 2017 3 comments

family law

A London man must inform the Police if he gets a new girlfriend following his history of domestic violence. He is thought to be the first person in England and Wales to be subject to such an order under the government’s domestic violence disclosure scheme. This means that for the next seven years, he must…

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Domestic abuse charges drop while reports rise

April 3, 2017 0 comments

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The number of domestic abuse charges has dropped significantly despite an increase in the number of reports. In the last year, reports of domestic abuse rose from 431,000 to 444,600 according to figures from 18 police forces across England and Wales. However, the number of these incidents which led to a charge actually fell from…

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Domestic violence surges in Wales

March 30, 2017 25 comments

family law

The number of domestic violence crimes committed in Wales rose by almost a quarter between 2013 and 2015. Figures from Welsh police forces show that episodes of domestic abuse and violence increased from 8,272, in 2013 to 10,230 in 2015. This represents a 23 per cent upturn, however they did not all lead to convictions….

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Council must pay thousands to father who lost children

March 28, 2017 2 comments

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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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Israeli government rewrites controversial DV clause

March 20, 2017 1 comment

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The Israeli Justice Ministry had rewritten a controversial  policy which meant that women who made false claims of domestic violence or abuse faced no penalties. Prosecution Instruction 2.5 is formally known as “Policy regarding launching investigation and filing charges on suspicion of giving false or contradictory statements or testimony during an investigation or trial, and…

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Nigerian wife ‘regrets first divorce’

March 15, 2017 1 comment

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A Nigerian woman is seeking a divorce from her second husband, saying she regrets leaving the first. The 39 year-old begged for a divorce before a ‘customary court’ in Ikole, a district of Ekiti State to the west of the African nation. Customary courts practice traditional tribal law. Her husband of just three years had…

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A difficult decision, an expensive row, and more

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March 10, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The government has dropped controversial plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from children’s social care law, the Department for Education has confirmed. The plans would have allowed local authorities to seek exemptions from statutory duties on child protection for up to six years, to allow them to test…

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PM announces £20 million for domestic violence

March 9, 2017 0 comments

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Prime Minister Theresa May has announced £20 million in new funding for organisations tackling domestic violence in the 2017 budget. She told popular parenting website Mumsnet that domestic violence was both a “key priority” for the government and an issue that she regarded as personally important. She wanted to: “…completely transform the way we think…

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New Zealand: paid leave for domestic violence victims?

March 6, 2017 3 comments

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Lawmakers in New Zealand are set to discuss the possibility of giving paid leave to victims of domestic violence. The country’s Parliament will debate a measure proposed by Green Party MP Jan Logie this week. If this is adopted, domestic violence would be classified as a workplace hazard and would therefore allow victims to take…

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