1. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  2. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  3. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  4. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  5. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  6. Johnson promises new DA bill
  7. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  8. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  9. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  10. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  11. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  12. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  13. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  14. Round up of initiatives
  15. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  16. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  17. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  18. DV orders at all-time high
  19. Campaign Wins Gold
  20. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  21. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  22. OBEs for Encompass couple
  23. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  24. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  25. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  26. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  27. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  28. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  29. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  30. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  31. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  32. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  33. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  34. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  35. DA paid leave gains traction
  36. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  37. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  38. Government pledges support for male victims
  39. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  40. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  41. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  42. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  43. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  44. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  45. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  46. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  47. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  48. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  49. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  50. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  51. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  52. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  53. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  54. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  55. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  56. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  57. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  58. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  59. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  60. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  61. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  62. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  63. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  64. Southwark secures first accreditation
  65. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  66. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  67. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  68. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  69. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  70. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  71. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  72. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  73. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  74. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  75. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  76. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  77. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  78. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  79. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  80. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  81. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  82. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  83. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  84. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  85. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  86. Universal credit criticised
  87. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  88. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  89. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  90. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  91. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  92. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  93. Caledonian System extended
  94. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  95. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  96. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  97. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  98. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  99. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  100. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  101. Public to have say on new legislation
  102. Leicestershire Police
  103. Why do I work for NCDV?
  104. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  105. News in Brief
  106. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  107. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  108. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  109. Grey’s Anatomy
  110. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  111. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  112. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  113. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
Friday, November 15, 2019
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  1. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  2. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  3. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  4. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  5. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  6. Johnson promises new DA bill
  7. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  8. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  9. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  10. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  11. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  12. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  13. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  14. Round up of initiatives
  15. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  16. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  17. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  18. DV orders at all-time high
  19. Campaign Wins Gold
  20. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  21. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  22. OBEs for Encompass couple
  23. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  24. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  25. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  26. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  27. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  28. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  29. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  30. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  31. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  32. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  33. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  34. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  35. DA paid leave gains traction
  36. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  37. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  38. Government pledges support for male victims
  39. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  40. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  41. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  42. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  43. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  44. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  45. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  46. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  47. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  48. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  49. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  50. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  51. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  52. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  53. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  54. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  55. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  56. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  57. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  58. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  59. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  60. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  61. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  62. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  63. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  64. Southwark secures first accreditation
  65. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  66. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  67. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  68. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  69. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  70. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  71. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  72. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  73. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  74. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  75. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  76. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  77. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  78. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  79. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  80. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  81. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  82. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  83. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  84. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  85. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  86. Universal credit criticised
  87. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  88. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  89. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  90. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  91. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  92. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  93. Caledonian System extended
  94. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  95. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  96. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  97. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  98. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  99. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  100. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  101. Public to have say on new legislation
  102. Leicestershire Police
  103. Why do I work for NCDV?
  104. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  105. News in Brief
  106. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  107. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  108. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  109. Grey’s Anatomy
  110. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  111. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  112. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  113. 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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