1. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  2. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  3. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  4. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  5. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  6. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  7. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  8. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  9. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  10. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  11. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  12. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  13. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  14. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  15. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  16. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  17. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  18. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  19. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  20. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  21. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  22. Universal credit criticised
  23. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  24. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  25. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  26. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  27. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  28. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  29. Caledonian System extended
  30. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  31. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  32. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  33. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  34. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  35. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  36. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  37. Public to have say on new legislation
  38. Leicestershire Police
  39. Why do I work for NCDV?
  40. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  41. News in Brief
  42. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  43. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  44. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  45. Grey’s Anatomy
  46. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  47. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  48. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  49. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
Monday, October 15, 2018
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Welcome to NCDV Online Magazine

  1. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  2. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  3. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  4. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  5. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  6. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  7. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  8. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  9. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  10. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  11. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  12. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  13. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  14. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  15. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  16. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  17. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  18. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  19. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  20. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  21. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  22. Universal credit criticised
  23. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  24. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  25. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  26. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  27. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  28. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  29. Caledonian System extended
  30. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  31. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  32. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  33. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  34. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  35. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  36. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  37. Public to have say on new legislation
  38. Leicestershire Police
  39. Why do I work for NCDV?
  40. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  41. News in Brief
  42. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  43. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  44. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  45. Grey’s Anatomy
  46. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  47. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  48. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  49. 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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