1. CORONAVIRUS: NCDV Urges Courts to Bring Forward Online Court Order Plans Immediately
  2. DA worries surface amid Coronavirus crisis
  3. Improved Domestic Abuse Bill introduced
  4. Camilla calls for greater discussion of taboo subject
  5. BBFC amends warning for DA in films and TV
  6. CWJ submits super-complaint against police
  7. Call made for perpetrator strategy
  8. Majority of women seeking refuge turned away, survey shows
  9. Government boosts support for refuges
  10. Marked rise in Northern Ireland’s DA cases in festive period
  11. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  12. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  13. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  14. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  15. DA crime rises by quarter
  16. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  17. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  18. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  19. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  20. Read our CEO’s blogs
  21. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  22. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  23. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  24. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  25. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  26. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  27. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  28. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  29. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  30. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  31. Johnson promises new DA bill
  32. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  33. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  34. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  35. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  36. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  37. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  38. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  39. Round up of initiatives
  40. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  41. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  42. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  43. DV orders at all-time high
  44. Campaign Wins Gold
  45. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  46. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  47. OBEs for Encompass couple
  48. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  49. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  50. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  51. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  52. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  53. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  54. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  55. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  56. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  57. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  58. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  59. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  60. DA paid leave gains traction
  61. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  62. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  63. Government pledges support for male victims
  64. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  65. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  66. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  67. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  68. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  69. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  70. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  71. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  72. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  73. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  74. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  75. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  76. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  77. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  78. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  79. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  80. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  81. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  82. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  83. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  84. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  85. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  86. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  87. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  88. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  89. Southwark secures first accreditation
  90. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  91. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  92. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  93. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  94. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  95. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  96. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  97. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  98. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  99. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  100. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  101. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  102. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  103. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  104. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  105. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  106. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  107. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  108. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  109. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  110. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  111. Universal credit criticised
  112. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  113. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  114. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  115. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  116. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  117. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  118. Caledonian System extended
  119. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  120. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  121. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  122. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  123. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  124. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  125. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  126. Public to have say on new legislation
  127. Leicestershire Police
  128. Why do I work for NCDV?
  129. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  130. News in Brief
  131. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  132. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  133. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  134. Grey’s Anatomy
  135. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  136. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  137. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  138. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
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  1. CORONAVIRUS: NCDV Urges Courts to Bring Forward Online Court Order Plans Immediately
  2. DA worries surface amid Coronavirus crisis
  3. Improved Domestic Abuse Bill introduced
  4. Camilla calls for greater discussion of taboo subject
  5. BBFC amends warning for DA in films and TV
  6. CWJ submits super-complaint against police
  7. Call made for perpetrator strategy
  8. Majority of women seeking refuge turned away, survey shows
  9. Government boosts support for refuges
  10. Marked rise in Northern Ireland’s DA cases in festive period
  11. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  12. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  13. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  14. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  15. DA crime rises by quarter
  16. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  17. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  18. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  19. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  20. Read our CEO’s blogs
  21. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  22. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  23. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  24. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  25. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  26. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  27. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  28. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  29. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  30. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  31. Johnson promises new DA bill
  32. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  33. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  34. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  35. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  36. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  37. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  38. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  39. Round up of initiatives
  40. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  41. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  42. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  43. DV orders at all-time high
  44. Campaign Wins Gold
  45. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  46. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  47. OBEs for Encompass couple
  48. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  49. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  50. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  51. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  52. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  53. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  54. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  55. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  56. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  57. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  58. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  59. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  60. DA paid leave gains traction
  61. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  62. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  63. Government pledges support for male victims
  64. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  65. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  66. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  67. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  68. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  69. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  70. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  71. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  72. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  73. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  74. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  75. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  76. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  77. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  78. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  79. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  80. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  81. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  82. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  83. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  84. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  85. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  86. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  87. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  88. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  89. Southwark secures first accreditation
  90. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  91. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  92. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  93. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  94. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  95. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  96. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  97. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  98. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  99. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  100. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  101. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  102. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  103. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  104. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  105. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  106. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  107. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  108. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  109. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  110. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  111. Universal credit criticised
  112. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  113. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  114. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  115. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  116. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  117. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  118. Caledonian System extended
  119. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  120. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  121. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  122. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  123. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  124. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  125. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  126. Public to have say on new legislation
  127. Leicestershire Police
  128. Why do I work for NCDV?
  129. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  130. News in Brief
  131. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  132. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  133. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  134. Grey’s Anatomy
  135. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  136. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  137. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  138. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes

CORONAVIRUS: NCDV Urges Courts to Bring Forward Online Court Order Plans Immediately

ISSUE DATE: Wednesday, 18th March 2020

For further information please contact:

Mark Groves, NCDV, mark.groves@ncdv.org.uk 020 3328 3972

Gavin Ingham Brooke, Spada, gib@spada.co.uk 07973 284 833

As society continues to grapple with the effects of Covid 19, NCDV, the National Centre for Domestic Violence, is calling upon all Family and County Courts in England to bring forward their plans to issue electronic Court Orders immediately.

Together with various law firms, NCDV helps over 10,000 victims a year to secure vital Non Molestation Orders (NMOs), believed to be the single most effective countermeasure against domestic abuse and violence. Breaches of such Orders are a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in prison.

Mark Groves, NCDV’s chief executive, is asking the Courts to implement immediately long-held plans to issue Court Orders such as these online. Electronic Court Orders have already been the norm with the Manchester and Wolverhampton Courts for several years.

“It’s vital we use this Covid 19 crisis to bring forward planned reform of the rest of the Courts system,” he said. “This is an opportunity to not only save time and costs but help to reduce the person-to-person spread of the virus in Court.”

NMOs are particularly topical because police forces have gone on record to say they are likely to de-prioritize those events without risk to life.

“With coronavirus, domestic abuse victims are facing a perfect storm,” Groves continued. “The Government’s pandemic suppression policies are likely to mean that couples and families are more likely to find themselves cooped up together.

“Many of the usual education and social outlets such as schools, playgroups, pubs, cafes, cinemas, sporting fixtures and betting shops simply won’t be available to them.

“For relationships which are already blighted by abuse or violence the tensions are likely to become unbearable, placing already vulnerable domestic violence and abuse victims at huge risk.

“We need to be able to help these victims fast. But at the moment, the vast majority of Courts in England use an unwieldy and time-consuming procedure to issue protective injunctions.

“A solicitor must apply to the Court which grants a Court Order. The Order must be typed out and has to be given physically to an individual – called a process server – who attends the Court and then has the job of serving the Order on the perpetrator in person.

“All most Courts would have to do is to send the Order directly to the process server or the solicitor by email, most likely using the same scanner they use to print the Order out in the first place.

“Reducing the time to issue results in faster protection of the victim and, in this current crisis, reduces the person-to-person spread of Covid-19.

“We can and should use these extraordinary circumstances to bring about a long-overdue reform and, in all likelihood, save lives.”

About NCDV

NCDV is a 45-strong team based in Guildford, Surrey, which helps victims of domestic violence and abuse get fast, free advice on how to obtain effective legal protection from their abusers.

The organisation helps callers from all over England, irrespective of their financial circumstances, and aims to get effective legal protection in place for them in as little as 24 hours.

NCDV, whose purpose is to make domestic violence socially unacceptable within 30 years, was originally founded in 2002 as the London Centre for Domestic Violence by ex-barrister and erstwhile policeman, Dr Steve Connor OBE. It is now headed by chief executive, Mark Groves, an expert in management and technology systems who joined Connor’s team in 2008.

NCDV’s work has been recognised in thousands of accolades from individual police officers, charities and victims themselves as well as in many awards, including the Law Society’s coveted Excellence in Client Service Award in 2015, the only time such an award has not been won by a law firm.

Mark Groves CEO, National Centre for Domestic Violence

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