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Women’s Aid welcomes this historic legal first which has seen a perpetrator of domestic abuse, who drove his ex-partner to take her own life, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for manslaughter

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid: Justene Reece’s story is exceptionally tragic, yet sadly an all too familiar end to tales of domestic abuse. Two women a week in England and Wales are killed by their partner or ex-partner. Yet the result in court today has not been seen before, it is a historic … Continue reading “Women’s Aid welcomes this historic legal first which has seen a perpetrator of domestic abuse, who drove his ex-partner to take her own life, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for manslaughter”

Coercive control lies at the heart of domestic abuse yet less than 1% of domestic abuse-related offences are recorded by the police as coercive control – Women’s Aid

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released their Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2017 which reveals that domestic abuse continues to a significant crime with 11% of all offences recorded by the police being flagged as domestic abuse-related despite low levels of survivors reporting abuse to the police and shocking lack … Continue reading “Coercive control lies at the heart of domestic abuse yet less than 1% of domestic abuse-related offences are recorded by the police as coercive control – Women’s Aid”

Women’s Aid – ‘Understanding domestic abuse: findings from On Track’

  Less than one in ten incidents reported to the police ended with the perpetrator receiving a custodial sentence. Less than 12% of survivors reported abuse to the police. 80% of survivors experienced domestic abuse for over a year, with over one third of survivors experiencing abuse for 10 years or more. 35% of survivors … Continue reading “Women’s Aid – ‘Understanding domestic abuse: findings from On Track’”

HMIC New Report. Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking

Summary – In 2016/17, HMIC and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) carried out the first inspection into the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)’s response to harassment and stalking crimes. Harassment and stalking are crimes of persistence. It is the unrelenting repeat behaviour by the perpetrator experienced in its totality, which seems inescapable … Continue reading “HMIC New Report. Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking”

Home Secretary’s first major speech on domestic abuse outlines transformative ambitions of Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill  – Women’s Aid 

Home secretary Amber Rudd gave her first major speech on domestic abuse at Women’s Aid 2017 National Conference at the University of Warwick today, outlining the transformative ambitions of the Government’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. She also announced £17m of funding for local projects, including the roll-out of Women’s Aid’s multi-agency response to domestic … Continue reading “Home Secretary’s first major speech on domestic abuse outlines transformative ambitions of Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill  – Women’s Aid “

AFRUCA FGM Report

In November 2016 AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse) published a report focusing on type 4 FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), more specifically the procedure of labia elongation which is a common practice in many African communities. The study focused on the attitudes from certain communities towards type 4 FGM, the reasoning behind the procedure, the … Continue reading “AFRUCA FGM Report”

Domestic Abuse and Housing: international practice and perspectives

The key purpose of this Winston Churchill Fellowship was to learn about international practice and perspectives relating to domestic abuse, learning about different housing models, approaches and best practice in a global context. This Fellowship identified areas of good practice in the USA, Australia and Canada and as a result Washington DC, Chicago, Edmonton, Seattle, … Continue reading “Domestic Abuse and Housing: international practice and perspectives”

Exploring the Relationships Between Stalking and Homicide – New Report, Suzy Lamplugh

New research by the Homicide Research Group at the University of Gloucestershire. At least ten people will die every week in the UK as a result of violence related to interpersonal abuse. This is likely to be an underestimation of the true figure and includes child deaths, domestic homicide, and suicides related to partner abuse. … Continue reading “Exploring the Relationships Between Stalking and Homicide – New Report, Suzy Lamplugh”

The Femicide Census Report

‘I know she’s leaving me. If I can’t have her, no-one else can.’ The national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, in partnership with Karen Ingala Smith, Chief Executive of nia, today releases key findings from The Femicide Census Report: a ground-breaking project which for the first time allows detailed tracking and analysis of fatal male … Continue reading “The Femicide Census Report”