1. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  2. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  3. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  4. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  5. DA crime rises by quarter
  6. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  7. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  8. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  9. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  10. Read our CEO’s blogs
  11. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  12. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  13. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  14. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  15. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  16. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  17. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  18. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  19. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  20. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  21. Johnson promises new DA bill
  22. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  23. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  24. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  25. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  26. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  27. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  28. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  29. Round up of initiatives
  30. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  31. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  32. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  33. DV orders at all-time high
  34. Campaign Wins Gold
  35. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  36. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  37. OBEs for Encompass couple
  38. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  39. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  40. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  41. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  42. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  43. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  44. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  45. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  46. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  47. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  48. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  49. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  50. DA paid leave gains traction
  51. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  52. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  53. Government pledges support for male victims
  54. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  55. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  56. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  57. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  58. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  59. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  60. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  61. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  62. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  63. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  64. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  65. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  66. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  67. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  68. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  69. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  70. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  71. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  72. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  73. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  74. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  75. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  76. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  77. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  78. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  79. Southwark secures first accreditation
  80. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  81. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  82. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  83. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  84. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  85. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  86. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  87. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  88. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  89. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  90. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  91. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  92. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  93. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  94. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  95. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  96. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  97. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  98. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  99. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  100. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  101. Universal credit criticised
  102. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  103. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  104. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  105. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  106. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  107. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  108. Caledonian System extended
  109. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  110. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  111. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  112. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  113. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  114. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  115. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  116. Public to have say on new legislation
  117. Leicestershire Police
  118. Why do I work for NCDV?
  119. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  120. News in Brief
  121. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  122. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  123. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  124. Grey’s Anatomy
  125. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  126. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  127. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  128. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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  1. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  2. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  3. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  4. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  5. DA crime rises by quarter
  6. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  7. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  8. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  9. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  10. Read our CEO’s blogs
  11. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  12. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  13. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  14. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  15. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  16. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  17. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  18. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  19. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  20. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  21. Johnson promises new DA bill
  22. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  23. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  24. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  25. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  26. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  27. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  28. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  29. Round up of initiatives
  30. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  31. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  32. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  33. DV orders at all-time high
  34. Campaign Wins Gold
  35. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  36. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  37. OBEs for Encompass couple
  38. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  39. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  40. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  41. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  42. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  43. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  44. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  45. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  46. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  47. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  48. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  49. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  50. DA paid leave gains traction
  51. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  52. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  53. Government pledges support for male victims
  54. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  55. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  56. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  57. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  58. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  59. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  60. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  61. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  62. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  63. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  64. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  65. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  66. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  67. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  68. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  69. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  70. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  71. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  72. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  73. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  74. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  75. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  76. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  77. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  78. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  79. Southwark secures first accreditation
  80. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  81. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  82. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  83. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  84. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  85. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  86. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  87. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  88. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  89. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  90. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  91. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  92. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  93. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  94. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  95. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  96. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  97. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  98. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  99. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  100. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  101. Universal credit criticised
  102. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  103. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  104. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  105. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  106. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  107. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  108. Caledonian System extended
  109. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  110. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  111. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  112. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  113. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  114. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  115. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  116. Public to have say on new legislation
  117. Leicestershire Police
  118. Why do I work for NCDV?
  119. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  120. News in Brief
  121. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  122. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  123. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  124. Grey’s Anatomy
  125. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  126. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  127. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  128. 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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