Domestic abuse in the news

This article suggests (because it includes a quote from Families Need Fathers) that women are exagerating their experiences to gain legal aid for divorce. Or is it that with growing awareness, victims are better able to access legal remedies. Either way, it is interesting that as services cut back and refuge places fall, there is a massive increase in civil order applications. Which came first the cuts or the abuse? (Guardian Online)

The number of non-molestation orders – issued by courts to prevent domestic abuse – has rocketed by 37% over the past five years because they are being exploited to secure legal aid, according to the charity Families Need Fathers.

The “weaponisation” of court procedures by “angry and vengeful parents” is encouraging false allegations and fuelling conflict between separating couples, the head of the organisation has claimed.

This Level Up campaign highlights that the press articles around domestic murders often try to minimise the abuse suffered or justify and even qualify the murder in some strange way. You often see quotes from neighbours about how the couple were lovely or kept themselves to themselves- such things seem to be irrelevant to the fact that one of them has been killed by the other? This petition is solely aimed at pressing the Independent Press Standards Organisation into taking action and setting guidelines for reporting on such issues. (Level Up Website)

IPSO is the largest press governing body in the UK, and it's time they introduce guidelines on reporting domestic violence deaths:

Sadly this article highlights the process of removing residents from their refuge. Having somewhere safe to flee may be the only thing stopping these women returning to abuse. (Bristol Live Website)

This is the moment a woman being evicted from a sub-standard domestic violence refuge said she and other victims have been ‘failed by a system we put our faith in’.

The survivor of domestic violence, whose name has been protected, is one of three women who were summoned to Bristol civil court in a case that has highlighted what campaigners say is a scandal of failings by the city council’s housing department.

As part of the second phase of the Children’s Commissioner’s Office’s (CCO) Measuring Vulnerability Project, Alma Economics conducted a rapid data review on groups of vulnerable babies aged under 1.

This technical paper provides an overview of the methodology and data sources used to obtain aggregate totals for babies with different vulnerability types. 

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available.

We believe that domestic abuse can be stopped. Stopped before it starts. Stopped before it ruins lives.

Every year, over two million people in the UK experience domestic abuse. Not one of them should have to wait until they’re in crisis before we pay attention. In the last fifteen years, we have worked with thousands of frontline services, partners and survivors.

From a domestic abuse perspective, this will remove the ‘same roof’ rule. The Justice Secretary says: "We will remove the pre-1979 rule and we will consider further changes to the remaining ‘same roof’ rule and previous failed applications". This means that where victims had shared the same roof as their attacker, they could not qualify for compensation. This is now being changed. (HM Government website)

The Justice Secretary has today announced a full review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to ensure it reflects the changing nature of crime and can better support victims.

The plans are set out in the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy, which will be launched tomorrow (10 September). The strategy will coordinate the already extensive government support for victims of crime to focus support and services around the individual.

Great news that the sharing of this essential information is being supported financially. You can read more about the scheme on (HM Government website)

The Home Office has today (Friday 21 September) awarded charity Operation Encompass £163,000 for its vital initiative to support children who attend school following a domestic abuse incident.

Operation Encompass is a system which ensures the police contact a school before the next school day when one of their pupils has been exposed to domestic abuse.

This allows a school’s safeguarding team to make sure the appropriate support is in place to give the pupil the assistance they need.

This cross-government Victims Strategy sets out a criminal justice system wide response to improving the support offered to victims of crime and incorporates actions from all criminal justice agencies, including the police, the CPS and courts.

This strategy builds on the good progress we have made over the past few years to ensure victims have the right help in the aftermath of a crime and are properly supported in the process of seeing justice delivered.

This article highlights the need to link animal services and domestic abuse services. We know that there are links between animal abuse and domestic abuse and recognise that, when one is uncovered, there may well be issues in other areas. Whilst in the vets the victim managed to hand the receptionist a note. The video we have added shows the CCTV that followed. (Daily Mirror)

A woman who had endured 48 hours of abuse from her boyfriend hatched a cunning plan to escape with the help of a receptionist at a vets. Carolyn Reichle had been beaten and threatened with a gun by lover Jeremy Floyd at the home they shared in Florida, USA. 

He had refused to let her leave and in the heat of the attacks, even fired a gun into the air. The scared woman eventually convinced him to take their dog to the vets, claiming it needed treatment.