Domestic abuse in the news

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.

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has published a report examining the evidence relating to the prevalence, impact and treatment of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the extent to which ACEs should provide the basis for frontline practice and service design, and the known level of effectiveness and value of ACE-related approaches. The report finds that the popularity of the ACE narrative should not ignore the limitations in the evidence base or create the illusion there are quick fixes to prevent adversity or help people overcome it. 

The government will provide £16.6m for projects across England to support victims of domestic abuse and their children, it has been announced. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: "Domestic abuse destroys lives and leaves victims living in fear in their own homes – the place where they should feel most safe and secure...No victim of domestic abuse should have to struggle to get the right support, or wait months for help that they need. This new funding of £16.6m will help local areas better protect victims and their children and provide essential life-saving services, delivering the urgent support that they need to rebuild their lives." (Children & Young People Now)

The money, provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, will go towards a total of 75 projects run by local authorities with the aim of helping up to 43,000 survivors of domestic abuse.

The largest individual sum, £974,540, will go to Hart District Council, in South East England, which led on a bid on behalf of 11 district councils in Hampshire, as well as Hampshire County Council and Dorset Council.

Lancashire County Council will receive £878,208, Westminster City Council will get £796,000, and Waltham Forest has been awarded £749,312.