1. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  2. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  3. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  4. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  5. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  6. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  7. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  8. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  9. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  10. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  11. DA paid leave gains traction
  12. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  13. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  14. Government pledges support for male victims
  15. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  16. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  17. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  18. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  19. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  20. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  21. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  22. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  23. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  24. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  25. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  26. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  27. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  28. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  29. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  30. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  31. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  32. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  33. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  34. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  35. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  36. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  37. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  38. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  39. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  40. Southwark secures first accreditation
  41. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  42. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  43. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  44. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  45. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  46. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  47. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  48. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  49. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  50. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  51. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  52. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  53. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  54. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  55. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  56. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  57. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  58. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  59. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  60. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  61. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  62. Universal credit criticised
  63. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  64. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  65. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  66. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  67. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  68. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  69. Caledonian System extended
  70. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  71. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  72. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  73. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  74. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  75. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  76. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  77. Public to have say on new legislation
  78. Leicestershire Police
  79. Why do I work for NCDV?
  80. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  81. News in Brief
  82. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  83. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  84. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  85. Grey’s Anatomy
  86. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  87. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  88. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  89. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
Sunday, June 16, 2019
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Welcome to NCDV Online Magazine

  1. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  2. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  3. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  4. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  5. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  6. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  7. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  8. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  9. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  10. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  11. DA paid leave gains traction
  12. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  13. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  14. Government pledges support for male victims
  15. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  16. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  17. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  18. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  19. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  20. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  21. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  22. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  23. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  24. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  25. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  26. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  27. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  28. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  29. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  30. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  31. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  32. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  33. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  34. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  35. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  36. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  37. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  38. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  39. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  40. Southwark secures first accreditation
  41. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  42. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  43. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  44. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  45. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  46. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  47. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  48. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  49. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  50. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  51. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  52. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  53. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  54. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  55. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  56. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  57. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  58. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  59. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  60. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  61. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  62. Universal credit criticised
  63. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  64. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  65. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  66. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  67. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  68. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  69. Caledonian System extended
  70. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  71. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  72. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  73. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  74. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  75. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  76. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  77. Public to have say on new legislation
  78. Leicestershire Police
  79. Why do I work for NCDV?
  80. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  81. News in Brief
  82. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  83. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  84. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  85. Grey’s Anatomy
  86. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  87. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  88. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  89. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes

The Sentencing Council of England and Wales has updated its guidelines to courts dealing with domestic abuse cases, which commentators see as increasing the chances of offenders ending up behind bars.

 

“The domestic context of the offending behaviour makes the offending more serious because it represents a violation of the trust and security that normally exists between people in an intimate or family relationship,” the new guideline states. “Additionally, there may be a continuing threat to the victim’s safety, and in the worst cases a threat to their life or the lives of others around them.”

 

Under the new guidelines, offences involving serious violence, or where the emotional or psychological harm caused is severe, will warrant a custodial sentence in the majority of cases. The guidance states: “Provocation is no mitigation to an offence within a domestic context, except in rare circumstances.”

 

The guidelines also spell out that the sentence should be determined by the seriousness of the offence, not by any expressed wishes of the victim. The document states: “There is a risk that a plea for mercy made by a victim will be induced by threats made by, or by a fear of, the offender,” and points out: “The court is sentencing on behalf of the wider public.”

 

Updating previous advice laid down in 2006, the guidelines recognise changes in society since then, such as a reference to abuse perpetrated through emails, texts, social networking sites or tracking devices fitted to a victim’s car.

 

Sentencing Council member Jill Gramann said: “Domestic abuse comes in many forms such as harassment, assault and sex offences. The increasing use of technology in offending has meant that it has also evolved in its scope and impact. The new guideline will ensure that courts have the information they need to deal with the great range of offending and help prevent further abuse occurring.

 

“The guideline also emphasises that abuse can take place in a wide range of domestic settings and relationships, and that abuse can be psychological, sexual, financial or emotional as well as physical.” The guidelines will apply to all offenders aged 16 and older sentenced on or after 24 May.

 

Welcoming the changes Katie Ghose, CEO of Women’s Aid, said: “The new guidelines are a major step forward in giving confidence to survivors that they will be listened to, believed and supported by the criminal justice system.”

 

She also said: “We are also pleased that the Sentencing Council has taken on board our concerns about tackling online abuse by recognising that this form of abuse is as equally harmful as that which is perpetrated offline.”

 

Looking longer term, she urged the Sentencing Council to monitor how the new guidelines are used and ensure they are followed effectively. “Only by putting a stop to lenient sentencing for domestic abuse offences, can we send out the clear message that domestic abuse is unacceptable and that perpetrators will be held accountable for the abuse,” she said.

 

Among the comments from Sandra Horley, CEO of Refuge, were: “These new sentencing guidelines are a huge step forward for women escaping domestic violence … I am glad that the courts will be encouraged to recognise that everybody has the right to feel safe in their own home.”

 

Publication of the new guidelines follows a public consultation, which also covered “intimidatory” offences, such as harassment, stalking, disclosing private sexual images, controlling or coercive behaviour, and threats to kill. Definitive guidelines for those offences will be published separately this summer, the council said.

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