Domestic abuse in the news

Since the original bill was first announced, the government has appointed Nicole Jacobs to be the designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner, who has already begun her important work championing victims and survivors, while constantly monitoring UK legislation to make sure the UK remains a world leader in tackling domestic abuse. This includes looking at what support the government can provide children who have been affected by domestic abuse. (HM Government)

The government has set out an enhanced version of the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament, which will go even further to support and protect victims and punish perpetrators.

The bill is the most comprehensive package ever to tackle this horrendous crime and has been widely welcomed by charities and stakeholders.

Victims of rape and sexual assault across England and Wales will be helped by a 50 per cent funding boost for specialist support services, the government has announced. (Ministry of Justice)

The move will increase the money available – up from £8 million to £12 million per year – to total £32 million over three years for a range of services including tailored face-to-face support and counselling.  

Nationally more than 160,000 sexual offences were recorded by police last year, and this funding will ensure help for victims is available in all 42 of the country’s Police and Crime Commissioner areas.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has explained its role in deciding whether or not to charge an individual with a criminal offence.

This public consultation comes from the HMICFRS (formerly the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary) who are seeking views on several issues in the upcoming inspections. (HMICFRS)

This consultation asks for your views on HMICFRS’s proposed policing inspection programme for 2020/21. This comprises:

This report from HM Prison & Probation Service and Ministry of Justice spells out a pathway for the services involved regarding their reponse to DA in both assessing and managing risk. (HM Government)

An HMPPS Policy Framework for working with domestic abuse that takes account of a range of domestic abuse contexts and the need to protect victims and children.

This policy framework sets out the arrangements for working with people whose convictions or behaviours include domestic abuse. The purpose of this policy framework is to set out HMPPS commitment and approach to reducing domestic abuse-related re-offending and the risk of serious harm associated with it.

Survivors of intimate partner violence suffer traumatic brain injuries at alarming rates. Yet science overlooks us.

THE FIRST TIME my then-partner threw me against a wall, I blamed myself. I was late coming home from work, and I hadn’t even greeted him when I walked through our door. I immediately started complaining about the unwashed dishes and food scraps littering our kitchen. He was angry, shouting at me, and then I felt his arms around me, lifting me slightly. I blacked out when the back of my head hit the kitchen wall.

This case looks at a vulnerable old lady being financially abused by her granddaughter. It resulted in the offender being sentenced to two years, suspended for 20 months. Evans-Schreiber also has to do 150 hours unpaid work and attend an alcohol treatment programme for six months. (BBC News)

A former model and fashion designer has been given a suspended sentence for stealing £230,251 from her grandmother who had dementia.

Emily Evans-Schreiber, 38, of Naseby, Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to theft at Northampton Crown Court. The court heard she spent the money on holidays and designer clothes but avoided serving time because she was the sole carer for her young child. Judge Rebecca Crane said the sentence was a "second chance".

This article debates the planned use of polygraphs for convicted domestic abusers. Individuals who fit the bill will be tested after being released for three months and then regularly every 6 months after. If they refuse or it is felt that their risk has increased, they can be returned to prison. (BBC News)

Domestic violence offenders in England and Wales could face compulsory lie-detector tests when released from prison under proposed new laws.

Those deemed at high risk of re-offending will be given regular polygraph tests to find out if they have breached release conditions.

The long-awaited Domestic Violence Bill will also specify that controlling a victim's finances can count as abuse.

Alleged abusers will also be banned from cross-examining victims in court.

Barnardo's has published a report looking at the hidden impact of domestic abuse on children and young people in areas including: mental health; child development; harmful sexual behaviour; future cycles of abuse and youth offending.