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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Italy ‘failed to protect domestic violence victims’

March 6, 2017 0 comments

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Authorities in Italy did not do enough to protect a mother and child from domestic violence, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared. The woman had been the victim of violence and abuse at the hands of her alcoholic husband on several occasions. In 2012, he ordered her at knifepoint to have “sexual…

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Spanish birthrate ‘catastrophically low’

March 2, 2017 10 comments

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News that the Spanish birthrate was overtaken by the number of deaths for the first time in 2015 has prompted the government to appoint a special demographic commissioner. Edelmira Barreira Diz is a senator from the conservative Partido Popular de Galicia (People’s Party of Galicia). She has now been given the role of Comisionada para…

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Discrimination, two new statutes and more

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February 24, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A couple who had their one-week old child removed from them by the local authority while still in the hospital maternity ward had their human rights breached, the Family Court has held. The local authority, Kirklees Council, received a referral from the maternity ward which raised concerns about the parents’…

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Violence against women bill reaches third reading

February 24, 2017 2 comments

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A bill requiring the UK government to ratify the so-called ‘Istanbul Convention’ will reach its third stage in the House of Commons today. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is commonly referred to as the Istanbul Convention because it was launched in the eponymous city in…

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