1. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  2. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  3. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  4. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  5. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  6. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  7. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  8. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  9. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  10. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  11. DA paid leave gains traction
  12. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  13. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  14. Government pledges support for male victims
  15. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  16. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  17. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  18. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  19. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  20. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  21. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  22. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  23. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  24. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  25. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  26. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  27. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  28. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  29. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  30. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  31. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  32. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  33. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  34. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  35. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  36. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  37. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  38. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  39. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  40. Southwark secures first accreditation
  41. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  42. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  43. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  44. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  45. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  46. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  47. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  48. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  49. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  50. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  51. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  52. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  53. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  54. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  55. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  56. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  57. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  58. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  59. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  60. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  61. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  62. Universal credit criticised
  63. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  64. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  65. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  66. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  67. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  68. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  69. Caledonian System extended
  70. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  71. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  72. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  73. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  74. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  75. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  76. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  77. Public to have say on new legislation
  78. Leicestershire Police
  79. Why do I work for NCDV?
  80. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  81. News in Brief
  82. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  83. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  84. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  85. Grey’s Anatomy
  86. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  87. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  88. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  89. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
Sunday, June 16, 2019
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Welcome to NCDV Online Magazine

  1. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  2. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  3. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  4. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  5. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  6. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  7. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  8. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  9. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  10. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  11. DA paid leave gains traction
  12. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  13. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  14. Government pledges support for male victims
  15. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  16. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  17. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  18. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  19. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  20. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  21. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  22. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  23. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  24. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  25. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  26. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  27. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  28. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  29. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  30. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  31. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  32. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  33. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  34. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  35. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  36. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  37. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  38. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  39. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  40. Southwark secures first accreditation
  41. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  42. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  43. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  44. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  45. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  46. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  47. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  48. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  49. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  50. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  51. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  52. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  53. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  54. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  55. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  56. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  57. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  58. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  59. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  60. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  61. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  62. Universal credit criticised
  63. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  64. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  65. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  66. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  67. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  68. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  69. Caledonian System extended
  70. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  71. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  72. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  73. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  74. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  75. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  76. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  77. Public to have say on new legislation
  78. Leicestershire Police
  79. Why do I work for NCDV?
  80. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  81. News in Brief
  82. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  83. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  84. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  85. Grey’s Anatomy
  86. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  87. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  88. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  89. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes

After months of consultation, the government has produced its draft Domestic Abuse Bill which proposes nine changes to legislation and legal practice covering domestic abuse.

 

They are:

  • a statutory definition of domestic abuse;
  • prohibit perpetrators of domestic and other forms of abuse cross-examining their victims in person in the family courts, prevent victims from having to cross-examine their abusers, and give the court discretion to prevent cross-examination where it would diminish the quality of the witness’s evidence or cause the witness significant distress;
  • provide for new domestic abuse protection notices and orders;
  • a statutory presumption domestic abuse victims are eligible for special measures in the criminal courts;
  • extend the extra-territorial jurisdiction of criminal courts in England and Wales to further violent and sexual offences;
  • enable high-risk domestic abuse offenders to be subject to polygraph tests as a condition of their licence following their release from custody;
  • establish an office of Domestic Abuse Commissioner;
  • place the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) on a statutory footing; and
  • ensure local authorities grant domestic abuse victims in social housing with a secure lifetime or assured tenancy a secure lifetime tenancy.

 

On broadening the law to include economic abuse, Home Office minister Victoria Atkins, who is also the government’s minister for women, said the addition recognises it as a terrible form of abuse and part of a pattern of oppression lasting many years.

 

“It can range from anything from controlling bank accounts or taking loans out in [the victim’s] name without her knowledge, or stealing her car keys in the morning so she can’t get to work on time and loses her job and therefore her financial independence,” the Evening Standard in London quoted her as saying. “In terms of the controlling aspect, for someone to tell someone else that they are not allowed to work – that’s exerting an extraordinary level of control over their lives. In this bill, we make it very clear that this sort of coercive controlling behaviour that we see so often in domestic abuse, sadly, is just as unlawful as acts of physical violence.”

 

Publication follows consultation with victims, support organisations and professionals working in the field. More 3,200 responses were received from across the UK.

 

The nine measures requiring legislation will be included in the draft Domestic Abuse Bill and will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.

 

The government is also providing £8 million of funding to support children affected by domestic abuse; establishing a new crisis support system for those with no recourse to public funds; improving support for victims in the family court; and providing additional funding for disabled, elderly, LGTB and male victims of domestic abuse.

 

The bill’s publication coincides with a Home Office report estimating that the crime of domestic abuse cost £66 billion in England and Wales in 2016/17. The majority (£47 billion) was a result of the physical and emotional harm of domestic abuse, with health service costs put at £2.3 billion, police (£1.3 billion) and victim services (£724 million).

 

Mark Groves CEO of The National Centre for Domestic Violence commented “This bill delivers a huge package of initiatives to the sector from more tools for support agencies to more protection to the victim. There is a lot to be absorbed and there will be much work to do to implement these plans, so long as the funding and resourcing, especially for the police, is in place it marks a major step change.”

 

Mr Groves has always considered that domestic abuse needs to become socially unacceptable and in this bill there is a clear direction to follow this route – “making domestic abuse socially unacceptable is the only long term way to effectively tackle this issue, as has happened with drinking and driving it has taken 2 generations for society to finally see results and it will be the same with domestic abuse.“ Mr Groves said.

 

He further said “With the right combination of victim support, legal force and social unacceptability will we stand a chance to tackle the route causes of domestic abuse and this bill is an excellent start”

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