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

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