Police slow to engage with ‘coercive control’ laws

December 29, 2017 7 comments

family law

Police forces have been slow to engage with coercive control laws, new figures suggest. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act came into force at the end of 2015. It defined “controlling or coercive behaviour’ as a form of domestic violence. To count, it must have taken place within an “intimate or family relationship” over…

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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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Mother has domestic abuse findings reopened

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November 2, 2017 2 comments

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It is a feature of family law that certain events can lead to proceedings in both the civil and criminal courts. What happens if the two courts make different findings in relation to the same event? That, essentially (subject to what I say below), was what happened in the recent High Court case Re LG…

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MP proposes domestic violence register

October 3, 2017 8 comments

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A Welsh MP has proposed a domestic violence register for anyone convicted of the crime. Liz Saville Roberts is the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd. Her proposed method to protect people from becoming victims would require anyone found guilty of domestic violence to submit their name, date of birth, home address and National Insurance…

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Domestic violence: charity urges rename of Clare’s Law

August 30, 2017 6 comments

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A male domestic abuse charity has urged that a disclosure scheme known as “Clare’s Law” not be referred to by that name. Officially titled the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, Clare’s Law allows people to find out from the Police if their romantic partner has a history of violence. It was named after Clare Wood, who…

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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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New bride arrested after pulling gun on groom

August 2, 2017 2 comments

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A newly married woman in the southern state of Tennessee has been arrested after pulling a gun on her husband. The 25 year-old woman had been drinking heavily after the wedding and the celebrations descended into a drunken row, The Telegraph reports. Suddenly she pulled a 9mm handgun out of her wedding dress, put it…

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