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

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