Domestic abuse in the news

This article discusses the problem of returning children home as schools now close. It looks at the valuable work teachers do (other than teaching) which is to identify signs of neglect or abuse and provide safe support to children living in abusive homes. (The Independent)

As the country gets to grips with coronavirus, it is vital we consider the profound impact school closures could have on children facing abuse and neglect. 

This article highlights the need for sensitivity when dealing with any family suspected of FGM. Any so called "honour" abuse cases need a sensitive and appropriate response. (The Conversation Website)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), whereby the female genitals are deliberately injured or changed for non-medical reasons, is considered by the UN to be a “global concern”.

This case has been hitting the headlines recently amidst a whirlwind of media attention because of the high profile of those involved. (Daily Mail)

A princess aged 11 was being lined up for a forced marriage to the notorious Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, the court heard.

Known as MBS in the desert kingdom, Bin Salman allegedly ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. And in January of this year, he was accused of hacking the phone of the world’s richest man, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.

This article looks at the rising number of children "witnessing domestic abuse"; language is essential here. The critical thing is that children living in such a home are not simply impassioned bystanders, they experience DA and are victims too. (BBC News)

Calls to the NSPCC about children witnessing the most serious forms of domestic abuse have jumped 25% in a year, the charity has warned. The number of reports that were referred to the police or local authorities rose to 6,642 in 2018/19 — up from 5,322 the year before. The children involved were at "huge risk of harm", the NSPCC said. It is calling for the government to include more protections for children in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

The Home Office said children would benefit from "a number of measures" in the bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament....

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.

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