Domestic abuse in the news

This article highlights NCDV pressing the courts to provide more online services for those in dire need of court orders to reduce the risk they face. The initiative has, so far, only been piloted in two areas but NCDV want this rolled out despite and due to coronavirus.. (NCDV Website)

As society continues to grapple with the effects of Covid 19, NCDV, the National Centre for Domestic Violence, is calling upon all Family and County Courts in England to bring forward their plans to issue electronic Court Orders immediately.

This guidance from the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice, advises how Child Contact Arrangment Orders should be handled with current restrictions on movements. It advises: "The key message should be that, where Coronavirus restrictions cause the letter of a court order to be varied, the spirit of the order should nevertheless be delivered by making safe alternative arrangements for the child". (Courts & Tribunals Judiciary)

During the current Coronavirus Crisis some parents whose children are the subject of Child Arrangements Orders made by the Family Court have been understandably concerned about their ability to meet the requirements of these court orders safely in the wholly unforeseen circumstances that now apply.

This article discusses the estimates released by the United Nations about the true impact of FGM globally. It highlights a reduction in the practice in Africa following many initiatives to educate. In East Africa the rates fell from 71.4% in 1995 to just 8% in 2016. According to the report, more than 500,000 women and girls in the US have undergone FGM or are at risk of doing so. In Australia, more than 50,000 women and girls had been cut, while an estimated 600,000 have undergone the practice across the EU. In the UK, 137,000 women and girls had been cut and more than 67,000 are at risk. About 70,000 had undergone FGM in Germany. (The Guardian)

The number of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) could be much higher than previously estimated, as a new report shows the practice is carried out in more than 90 countries around the world.

This article from the US looks at self-isolation during the pandemic and how there are still some options for those victims of DA, living with their abuser. (New York Times)

The most dangerous place in the world for a woman is her own home. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence affects millions of women every year.

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.