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

Almost 6,300 domestic abuse victims in England were last year unable to obtain non-molestation orders because of legal aid limitations, the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) says.

 

Because applicants for non-molestation orders are means tested, they often have to pay towards the cost. Problems arise when they appear to have assets or savings of their own, but which are actually controlled by their abusers. Too many women are turned away from getting legal aid as a result.

 

The NCDV’s CEO, Mark Groves, told BBC Radio 5 live Investigates: “While many people think legal aid is free, it is not. You have to pay a means-tested contribution.

 

“Economic abuse victims who don’t control their money may not have this and those who have fled the family home may not have the right documentation.
“If you own a house, you have to put down a cash deposit equal to the equity in that house, which could be hundreds of thousands.”

 

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 removed most legal aid in the family courts except domestic violence cases. However, to secure free legal aid victims have to provide evidence of the abuse, as well as being subject to a means test on income and assets.

 

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the government aims to make it easier to obtain legal support in such cases. “This includes widening the evidence that can be submitted, ensuring most victims only have to provide evidence once during their case and scrapping the overall time limit for submitting evidence” he said. “The Legal Aid Agency also considers all evidence of financial abuse, allowing victims to clearly demonstrate where this has occurred.”

 

During 2017 the NCDV handled 78,356 referrals from police and domestic violence groups in England but 6,295 of the victims did not proceed because they were ordered to contribute to the legal costs.

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