Domestic abuse in the news

We want to not just promote this speech from the Commons but also salute the courage of Rosie Duffield MP. She was able to speak up so very eloquently about her private experiences. She used her experiences and position to educate our leaders about living and surviving domestic abuse. This is an amazingly brave and emotional chapter in one debate in our parliament but reminds us all that this issue exists in many places. (Guardian Online)

The Labour MP Rosie Duffield’s harrowing account of her own personal experience of domestic abuse left colleagues in tears in the Commons in what has been described as one of the most moving contributions ever given in parliament.

 

 

This report holds some interesting statistics (which does include data on male victims too) such as the 90% increase in reporting DA to police in the last 5 years, amidst a massive drop in police referrals to CPS and subsequent prosecution of DA crimes. It also discusses the evidence of several cases which had led to successful prosecutions as well as the fact that around 75% of defendants (irrespective of gender) are convicted. It also highlights a consistent increase in the average number of days for rape trials from 213 days in 2010 to 273 days last year from charge to completion. In short- there is a lot of information here! (Crown Prosecution Service)

This report from the Crown Prosecution Service, holds some interesting statistics (which does include data on male victims too) such as the 90% increase in reporting DA to police amidst a massive drop in police referrals  to CPS and subsequent prosecution of DA crimes. It also discusses the evidence of several cases which had led to successful prosecutions as well as the fact that around 75% of defendants (irrespective of gender) are convicted. It also highlights a consistent increase in the average number of days for rape trials from 213 days in 2010 to 273 days last year from charge to completion. In short- there is a lot of information here!

The No Woman Turned Away (NWTA) project has been funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) since January 2016. It provides dedicated support to women who face barriers in accessing a refuge space. A team of specialist domestic abuse practitioners receive referrals from the National Domestic Violence Helpline (NDVH), and we conduct detailed monitoring and analysis of survivors’ experiences alongside this.

This sorry statistic highlights a rise in UK domestic abuse fatalities. BBC researchers discovered 173 domestic killings last year, which made it the highest figure since 2014, according to data supplied to the BBC by 43 police forces in the UK under the Freedom of Information Act. We regularly hear the fact that 2 women a week are killed, but this highlights many more. (BBC News)

The number of people killed as a result of domestic violence in the UK is at its highest level in five years.

Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained by the BBC from 43 police forces across the UK — an increase of 32 deaths on 2017.

One criminologist described them as "invisible victims of knife crime".

Reducing the Risk are collaborating with a number of agencies to support the Human Story Theatre Company who are currently touring Oxfordshire with Happily Even After. The play observes domestic abuse within an intimate relationship and allows time afterwards for questions to allow discussion and spread awareness. This video looks at the play and meets the company founder, Gaye as well as RtR's own Michelle. (YouTube)

Oxford TV have been reporting on  The Human Story Theatre Company who are touring the county with Happily Even After.

This drama looks at relationships and explores domestic abuse. It also allows some questions and answers after the event from a panel of experts by experience and practitioners.

This article stems from a web page at the Commons Library and and answers questions relating to the new rules on relationship and sex education in schools from 2020. So, if you are wondering if faith schools are included, if LGBT relationships are a part of the curriculum, what about independent schools; then take a close look. This article also links to the statutory guidance for schools. (House of Commons)

The rules on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in England are changing.


From September 2020, all primary schools will be required to teach “Relationships Education” and secondary schools, “Relationships and Sex Education”.  This applies to all schools in England, including independent schools.


This FAQs page provides an overview of the rules being introduced from September 2020.

This decision will impact upon so many disappointed victims of stalking. The criminal justice path is a hard walk for many and this will allow those victims who feel let down to ask for a review of any sentence they felt were unsuitable. (BBC News)

Victims of stalking, harassment and sex crimes will be able to challenge sentences they think are too lenient, under an expansion of a government scheme in England and Wales.

Fourteen offences are to be added to the unduly lenient sentence scheme , which examines crown court punishments. Murder, robbery, rape and some child sex cases can currently be heard.

The main purpose of this report is to shed light on the work that is currently being carried out in the Nordic countries on violence against women and domestic violence, so that we can learn from one another. Taking the Istanbul Convention as a starting point, this report looks closely at the measures taken by the Nordic countries with reference to a set of Articles in the Convention. Prevention is of particular importance here.

This is yet another tragic case where police were investigating but the perpetrator was handed back the keys to her home. This enabled him to enter, (despite her having been granted a Non Molestation Order) then murder his estranged wife before killing himself. Tragic but not necessarily unavoidable? (Daily Mail)

An abusive husband was given the keys to his house back by police before he bludgeoned his estranged wife to death, an inquest heard.

Kay Martin, 49, had suffered at least 12 incidents of domestic abuse in the last seven years and had most recently made a complaint of rape and domestic assault against husband Alan.

Officers from Northumbria Police returned Alan Martin’s keys to their home after they questioned him about the alleged rape.

This Scottish report examines the effectiveness of Integrated Domestic Abuse Courts (IDACs) that use a ‘One Family, One Judge’ model, in Scotland. This is something being debated and considered for the rest of the UK. (Scottish Government)

This paper presents the findings from a small scale research project on Integrated Domestic Abuse Courts (IDACs). Research for the project began as part of an SGSSS internship project within Justice Analytical Services (JAS) over 12 weeks between April and July 2018, and has been continued in 2019 by JAS researchers.

The project was established in the context of the work of:

  • The Justice Expert Group, established under the Equally Safe strategy, and in particular under that Group's objective of informing the justice response to violence against women;
  • The Scottish Government Consultation on the Review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Creation of a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy which included consideration of various aspects of family law as it impacts on children and young people.

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