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Ministry of Justice Domestic Abuse Consultation

This consultation seeks to address domestic abuse at every stage from prevention through to rehabilitation. It references the connections and provisions of cross-sector agencies and departments and reinforces the Government’s aim to make domestic abuse everyone’s business. By consulting we aim to harness the knowledge and expertise of victims and survivors, support organisations and research … Continue reading “Ministry of Justice Domestic Abuse Consultation”

Male Service Standards

The number of services supporting male identified victims/survivors of sexual violence has increased over recent years. In part, this is due to organisations responding to male identified victims/survivors who want to access support but is also a result of the drive by commissioners to ensure services that are equitable to all genders in their local … Continue reading “Male Service Standards”

UK GOV Changes to Domestic Violence Evidence Comes into Force 8th January 2018

Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes have come into effect. There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years. Additionally, the range of documents accepted as evidence of abuse has been widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support officers. … Continue reading “UK GOV Changes to Domestic Violence Evidence Comes into Force 8th January 2018”

Women’s Aid – Leave no woman or child behind”: Women’s Aid launches 16 Days campaign

“We were always treading on eggshells. I felt the fear but didn’t know what was going on” – Child survivor of domestic abuse.  Women’s Aid has today released new statistics on the number of women and children unable to access a place in a lifesaving refuge to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based … Continue reading “Women’s Aid – Leave no woman or child behind”: Women’s Aid launches 16 Days campaign”

CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before

More defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales, new figures reveal today. The Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report outlines the huge increases in convictions for rape (48%) and other sexual offences (79%) that have been witnessed in the decade since … Continue reading “CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before”

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’”