1. Overhaul planned for family courts to protect DA survivors
  2. Domestic Abuse Bill moves to Lords
  3. Police force to recruit vulnerability coordinators to tackle DV
  4. Clare’s Law initiator Michael Brown dies
  5. Lockdown easing brings surge in demand for Refuge’s help
  6. International: Chinese city launches version of Clare’s Law
  7. North Wales moves to online DVPOs applications
  8. DA calls to NSPCC at record levels
  9. ‘Rough sex’ defence to be outlawed in DA Bill
  10. Scores of DA groups to receive government funding
  11. NCDV launch ‘Abusers Always Work From Home” campaign
  12. Government cash to help DA victims
  13. Cash help for child victims of DA from government
  14. Lockdown will have ‘devastating consequences for generation’ unless DA tackled
  15. Shops become haven from domestic abuse
  16. Police force works on better recognition of child-to-parent DA
  17. DA commissioner calls for post-lockdown preparations
  18. Increased use of domestic abuse helpline
  19. Police force introduces online reporting for domestic abuse
  20. Government boosts support to DA charities during coronavirus crisis
  21. DA victims ‘can escape during lockdown’
  22. CORONAVIRUS: NCDV Urges Courts to Bring Forward Online Court Order Plans Immediately
  23. DA worries surface amid Coronavirus crisis
  24. Improved Domestic Abuse Bill introduced
  25. Camilla calls for greater discussion of taboo subject
  26. BBFC amends warning for DA in films and TV
  27. CWJ submits super-complaint against police
  28. Call made for perpetrator strategy
  29. Majority of women seeking refuge turned away, survey shows
  30. Government boosts support for refuges
  31. Marked rise in Northern Ireland’s DA cases in festive period
  32. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  33. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  34. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  35. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  36. DA crime rises by quarter
  37. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  38. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  39. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  40. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  41. Read our CEO’s blogs
  42. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  43. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  44. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  45. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  46. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  47. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  48. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  49. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  50. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  51. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  52. Johnson promises new DA bill
  53. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  54. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  55. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  56. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  57. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  58. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  59. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  60. Round up of initiatives
  61. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  62. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  63. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  64. DV orders at all-time high
  65. Campaign Wins Gold
  66. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  67. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  68. OBEs for Encompass couple
  69. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  70. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  71. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  72. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  73. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  74. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  75. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  76. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  77. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  78. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  79. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  80. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  81. DA paid leave gains traction
  82. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  83. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  84. Government pledges support for male victims
  85. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  86. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  87. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  88. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  89. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  90. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  91. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  92. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  93. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  94. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  95. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  96. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  97. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  98. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  99. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  100. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  101. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  102. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  103. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  104. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  105. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  106. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  107. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  108. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  109. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  110. Southwark secures first accreditation
  111. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  112. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  113. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  114. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  115. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  116. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  117. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  118. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  119. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  120. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  121. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  122. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  123. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  124. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  125. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  126. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  127. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  128. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  129. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  130. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  131. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  132. Universal credit criticised
  133. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  134. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  135. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  136. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  137. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  138. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  139. Caledonian System extended
  140. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  141. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  142. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  143. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  144. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  145. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  146. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  147. Public to have say on new legislation
  148. Leicestershire Police
  149. Why do I work for NCDV?
  150. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  151. News in Brief
  152. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  153. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  154. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  155. Grey’s Anatomy
  156. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  157. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  158. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  159. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
Saturday, August 8, 2020
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  1. Overhaul planned for family courts to protect DA survivors
  2. Domestic Abuse Bill moves to Lords
  3. Police force to recruit vulnerability coordinators to tackle DV
  4. Clare’s Law initiator Michael Brown dies
  5. Lockdown easing brings surge in demand for Refuge’s help
  6. International: Chinese city launches version of Clare’s Law
  7. North Wales moves to online DVPOs applications
  8. DA calls to NSPCC at record levels
  9. ‘Rough sex’ defence to be outlawed in DA Bill
  10. Scores of DA groups to receive government funding
  11. NCDV launch ‘Abusers Always Work From Home” campaign
  12. Government cash to help DA victims
  13. Cash help for child victims of DA from government
  14. Lockdown will have ‘devastating consequences for generation’ unless DA tackled
  15. Shops become haven from domestic abuse
  16. Police force works on better recognition of child-to-parent DA
  17. DA commissioner calls for post-lockdown preparations
  18. Increased use of domestic abuse helpline
  19. Police force introduces online reporting for domestic abuse
  20. Government boosts support to DA charities during coronavirus crisis
  21. DA victims ‘can escape during lockdown’
  22. CORONAVIRUS: NCDV Urges Courts to Bring Forward Online Court Order Plans Immediately
  23. DA worries surface amid Coronavirus crisis
  24. Improved Domestic Abuse Bill introduced
  25. Camilla calls for greater discussion of taboo subject
  26. BBFC amends warning for DA in films and TV
  27. CWJ submits super-complaint against police
  28. Call made for perpetrator strategy
  29. Majority of women seeking refuge turned away, survey shows
  30. Government boosts support for refuges
  31. Marked rise in Northern Ireland’s DA cases in festive period
  32. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  33. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  34. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  35. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  36. DA crime rises by quarter
  37. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  38. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  39. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  40. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  41. Read our CEO’s blogs
  42. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  43. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  44. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  45. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  46. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  47. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  48. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  49. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  50. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  51. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  52. Johnson promises new DA bill
  53. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  54. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  55. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  56. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  57. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  58. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  59. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  60. Round up of initiatives
  61. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  62. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  63. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  64. DV orders at all-time high
  65. Campaign Wins Gold
  66. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  67. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  68. OBEs for Encompass couple
  69. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  70. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  71. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  72. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  73. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  74. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  75. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  76. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  77. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  78. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  79. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  80. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  81. DA paid leave gains traction
  82. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  83. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  84. Government pledges support for male victims
  85. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  86. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  87. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  88. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  89. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  90. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  91. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  92. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  93. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  94. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  95. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  96. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  97. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  98. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  99. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  100. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  101. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  102. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  103. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  104. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  105. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  106. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  107. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  108. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  109. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  110. Southwark secures first accreditation
  111. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  112. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  113. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  114. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  115. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  116. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  117. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  118. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  119. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  120. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  121. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  122. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  123. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  124. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  125. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  126. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  127. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  128. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  129. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  130. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  131. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  132. Universal credit criticised
  133. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  134. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  135. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  136. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  137. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  138. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  139. Caledonian System extended
  140. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  141. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  142. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  143. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  144. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  145. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  146. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  147. Public to have say on new legislation
  148. Leicestershire Police
  149. Why do I work for NCDV?
  150. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  151. News in Brief
  152. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  153. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  154. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  155. Grey’s Anatomy
  156. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  157. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  158. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  159. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
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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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