1. Home Office issues fresh guidance to help DA victims
  2. Police told to improve response to DA claims against ‘their own’
  3. Service police forces falling short in DA
  4. Police force tries out live chat for domestic abuse victims
  5. Cost-of-living crisis ‘adds to DA pressures’
  6. New strangulation and suffocation laws take effect
  7. Survivors to have chance to discuss abuse with perpetrators
  8. DA specialists start helping Northumbria Police’s call handlers
  9. Kent police bolster domestic abuse support
  10. International: cyclist ejected for domestic abuse
  11. Thousands of DA victims lose help after legal aid cuts
  12. Scottish defence lawyers go on DA strike in fees dispute
  13. Faster Clare’s Law disclosure proposed
  14. Police watchdog identifies DA weakness in Kent
  15. CPS amends approach to prosecuting DA cases
  16. CWJ calls for reforms to end ‘unjust criminalisation’ of DV victims
  17. Government launches plan to combat DA
  18. Police officers accused of DA keep their jobs
  19. Family courts pilot scheme to better support DA victims
  20. Victims poorly served by justice system changes, says chief constable
  21. NI makes coercive control criminal offence
  22. Abuser’s sentence increased
  23. International: professional cyclist sentenced for DA
  24. Child protection referrals are tip of DA iceberg, says NSPCC
  25. Survey reveals extent grown-up children abuse their parents
  26. Report calls for online DA courts in Scotland
  27. NHS to boost support for abuse survivors in England
  28. Government increases support for DA victims
  29. INTERNATIONAL: rise in Ireland’s domestic abuse cases
  30. DV victims given more time to report assaults
  31. Demand for Refuge’s service stays high as tech abuse increases
  32. DA work recognised in honours list
  33. Pope calls domestic violence almost satanic
  34. DA in line to be treated as seriously as knife crime
  35. NCDV’s fresh drive to combat hidden domestic abuse
  36. Met arrest 1,500-plus in crackdown on DA and violence
  37. Project Shield speeds up police response to NMOs
  38. Jacobs acts to end postcode lottery of domestic abuse services
  39. Campaign for NCDV wins awards for ad agency
  40. Top ten devices used by abusers revealed
  41. Refuge marks 50th anniversary by highlighting tech abuse
  42. Police-NHS scheme helps 1,000-plus DA victims
  43. International: perpetrator charity censured for losing counselling session videos
  44. Police to review DA allegations involving serving officers
  45. Jacobs speaks out against DA by police officers
  46. Massive increase in DA cases being dropped
  47. Scottish DA cases ‘top 1m’
  48. Child-on-parent violence rises in Wales
  49. Police inspectorate calls for greater priority on tackling violence against women
  50. Domestic murders remain entrenched problem
  51. DA charges in Scotland at five-year high
  52. Pilot bodycam scheme for DA victims launched
  53. International: company’s ‘DA spyware’ banned
  54. Perpetrator work to benefit from government cash
  55. Thousands of police to be trained to spot ‘subtle’ DA
  56. Clothing stolen twice from DA charity shop
  57. Ireland: surge in older men seeking DA support
  58. Euro 2020 caused spike in DA cases
  59. Court retraumatises DA victims, report finds
  60. Study reveals creative ways to support DA victims in Covid times
  61. Wiltshire scheme focuses on altering abuser’s behaviour
  62. Rise in DA in Scotland after legislation
  63. Calls to Respect rise in lockdowns
  64. Police chief says officers accused of DA must face investigation
  65. Police officer awarded for her domestic abuse work
  66. DA work earns superintendent QPM
  67. Dozens helped in new police DA project
  68. Domestic Abuse Bill becomes law
  69. Social workers given updated DA guidance
  70. Two banks extend help to DA survivors
  71. Coercive control should be prioritised in DA cases, says appeal court
  72. More legal protection for DA victims in Scotland
  73. Lockdowns bring sustained rise in use of Refuge’s helpline
  74. Positives emerge from pandemic, says SafeLives’ Jacob
  75. Amended Domestic Abuse Bill goes back to the Lords
  76. London’s DA offenders to be tagged
  77. Government pledges more cash to tackle DA
  78. Chief inspector recounts her time as DA victim
  79. Refuge names new CEO
  80. DA survivors ‘dropping charges as court delays lengthen’
  81. Government promises £184m to help DA victims during pandemic
  82. The figures behind more calls to helplines during pandemic
  83. Sharp rise in contacts to NSPCC about children living in violent homes
  84. Home Office to reform bail conditions to protect DV victims
  85. Non-fatal strangulation ‘to become criminal offence’
  86. Government drive to bolster workplace support for DA victims
  87. Pharmacies to be place of help for DA victims
  88. Women’s Aid new CEO named
  89. Northern Ireland’s DA Bill delayed due to cost fears
  90. Legal aid extended to DA victims with ‘trapped capital’
  91. Two police forces employ technology to help DV victims
  92. DA helpline took centre stage on Google
  93. International: DA victim given ex-partner’s job
  94. Police chiefs urge DA victims to seek help during lockdown
  95. Government boosts funding for DA support in England and Wales
  96. Scotland’s MPs seek views on emergency barring orders
  97. SmartWater protects DA victims in South Yorkshire
  98. Horley reflects on 40 years of changed attitudes
  99. Survey reveals extent of economic abuse
  100. DA-related calls to NSPCC helpline up almost half
  101. Government provides more DA support
  102. Court backlog ‘puts extra pressure on DA victims’
  103. Two honoured for domestic abuse work
  104. Camilla highlights help available for DA victims
  105. Hestia launches DA advice service for businesses
  106. Police force in push for reporting of suspected DA
  107. Domestic abuse cases at record levels in Scotland and NI
  108. Domestic abusers exempted from eviction protection
  109. More companies help employees suffering DA
  110. Horley steps down from Refuge
  111. Boxing champ fined for ‘DA’ social media post
  112. Overhaul planned for family courts to protect DA survivors
  113. Domestic Abuse Bill moves to Lords
  114. Police force to recruit vulnerability coordinators to tackle DV
  115. Clare’s Law initiator Michael Brown dies
  116. Lockdown easing brings surge in demand for Refuge’s help
  117. International: Chinese city launches version of Clare’s Law
  118. North Wales moves to online DVPOs applications
  119. DA calls to NSPCC at record levels
  120. ‘Rough sex’ defence to be outlawed in DA Bill
  121. Scores of DA groups to receive government funding
  122. NCDV launch ‘Abusers Always Work From Home” campaign
  123. Government cash to help DA victims
  124. Cash help for child victims of DA from government
  125. Lockdown will have ‘devastating consequences for generation’ unless DA tackled
  126. Shops become haven from domestic abuse
  127. Police force works on better recognition of child-to-parent DA
  128. DA commissioner calls for post-lockdown preparations
  129. Increased use of domestic abuse helpline
  130. Police force introduces online reporting for domestic abuse
  131. Government boosts support to DA charities during coronavirus crisis
  132. DA victims ‘can escape during lockdown’
  133. CORONAVIRUS: NCDV Urges Courts to Bring Forward Online Court Order Plans Immediately
  134. DA worries surface amid Coronavirus crisis
  135. Improved Domestic Abuse Bill introduced
  136. Camilla calls for greater discussion of taboo subject
  137. BBFC amends warning for DA in films and TV
  138. CWJ submits super-complaint against police
  139. Call made for perpetrator strategy
  140. Majority of women seeking refuge turned away, survey shows
  141. Government boosts support for refuges
  142. Marked rise in Northern Ireland’s DA cases in festive period
  143. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  144. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  145. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  146. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  147. DA crime rises by quarter
  148. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  149. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  150. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  151. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  152. Read our CEO’s blogs
  153. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  154. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  155. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  156. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  157. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  158. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  159. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  160. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  161. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  162. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  163. Johnson promises new DA bill
  164. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  165. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  166. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  167. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  168. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  169. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  170. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  171. Round up of initiatives
  172. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  173. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  174. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  175. DV orders at all-time high
  176. Campaign Wins Gold
  177. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  178. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  179. OBEs for Encompass couple
  180. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  181. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  182. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  183. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  184. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  185. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  186. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  187. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  188. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  189. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  190. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  191. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  192. DA paid leave gains traction
  193. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  194. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  195. Government pledges support for male victims
  196. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  197. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  198. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  199. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  200. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  201. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  202. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  203. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  204. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  205. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  206. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  207. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  208. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  209. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  210. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  211. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  212. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  213. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  214. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  215. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  216. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  217. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  218. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  219. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  220. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  221. Southwark secures first accreditation
  222. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  223. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  224. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  225. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  226. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  227. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  228. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  229. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  230. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  231. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  232. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  233. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  234. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  235. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  236. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  237. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  238. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  239. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  240. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  241. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  242. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  243. Universal credit criticised
  244. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  245. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  246. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  247. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  248. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  249. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  250. Caledonian System extended
  251. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  252. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  253. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  254. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  255. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  256. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  257. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  258. Public to have say on new legislation
  259. Leicestershire Police
  260. Why do I work for NCDV?
  261. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  262. News in Brief
  263. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  264. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  265. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  266. Grey’s Anatomy
  267. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  268. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  269. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  270. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
Monday, August 15, 2022
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  1. Home Office issues fresh guidance to help DA victims
  2. Police told to improve response to DA claims against ‘their own’
  3. Service police forces falling short in DA
  4. Police force tries out live chat for domestic abuse victims
  5. Cost-of-living crisis ‘adds to DA pressures’
  6. New strangulation and suffocation laws take effect
  7. Survivors to have chance to discuss abuse with perpetrators
  8. DA specialists start helping Northumbria Police’s call handlers
  9. Kent police bolster domestic abuse support
  10. International: cyclist ejected for domestic abuse
  11. Thousands of DA victims lose help after legal aid cuts
  12. Scottish defence lawyers go on DA strike in fees dispute
  13. Faster Clare’s Law disclosure proposed
  14. Police watchdog identifies DA weakness in Kent
  15. CPS amends approach to prosecuting DA cases
  16. CWJ calls for reforms to end ‘unjust criminalisation’ of DV victims
  17. Government launches plan to combat DA
  18. Police officers accused of DA keep their jobs
  19. Family courts pilot scheme to better support DA victims
  20. Victims poorly served by justice system changes, says chief constable
  21. NI makes coercive control criminal offence
  22. Abuser’s sentence increased
  23. International: professional cyclist sentenced for DA
  24. Child protection referrals are tip of DA iceberg, says NSPCC
  25. Survey reveals extent grown-up children abuse their parents
  26. Report calls for online DA courts in Scotland
  27. NHS to boost support for abuse survivors in England
  28. Government increases support for DA victims
  29. INTERNATIONAL: rise in Ireland’s domestic abuse cases
  30. DV victims given more time to report assaults
  31. Demand for Refuge’s service stays high as tech abuse increases
  32. DA work recognised in honours list
  33. Pope calls domestic violence almost satanic
  34. DA in line to be treated as seriously as knife crime
  35. NCDV’s fresh drive to combat hidden domestic abuse
  36. Met arrest 1,500-plus in crackdown on DA and violence
  37. Project Shield speeds up police response to NMOs
  38. Jacobs acts to end postcode lottery of domestic abuse services
  39. Campaign for NCDV wins awards for ad agency
  40. Top ten devices used by abusers revealed
  41. Refuge marks 50th anniversary by highlighting tech abuse
  42. Police-NHS scheme helps 1,000-plus DA victims
  43. International: perpetrator charity censured for losing counselling session videos
  44. Police to review DA allegations involving serving officers
  45. Jacobs speaks out against DA by police officers
  46. Massive increase in DA cases being dropped
  47. Scottish DA cases ‘top 1m’
  48. Child-on-parent violence rises in Wales
  49. Police inspectorate calls for greater priority on tackling violence against women
  50. Domestic murders remain entrenched problem
  51. DA charges in Scotland at five-year high
  52. Pilot bodycam scheme for DA victims launched
  53. International: company’s ‘DA spyware’ banned
  54. Perpetrator work to benefit from government cash
  55. Thousands of police to be trained to spot ‘subtle’ DA
  56. Clothing stolen twice from DA charity shop
  57. Ireland: surge in older men seeking DA support
  58. Euro 2020 caused spike in DA cases
  59. Court retraumatises DA victims, report finds
  60. Study reveals creative ways to support DA victims in Covid times
  61. Wiltshire scheme focuses on altering abuser’s behaviour
  62. Rise in DA in Scotland after legislation
  63. Calls to Respect rise in lockdowns
  64. Police chief says officers accused of DA must face investigation
  65. Police officer awarded for her domestic abuse work
  66. DA work earns superintendent QPM
  67. Dozens helped in new police DA project
  68. Domestic Abuse Bill becomes law
  69. Social workers given updated DA guidance
  70. Two banks extend help to DA survivors
  71. Coercive control should be prioritised in DA cases, says appeal court
  72. More legal protection for DA victims in Scotland
  73. Lockdowns bring sustained rise in use of Refuge’s helpline
  74. Positives emerge from pandemic, says SafeLives’ Jacob
  75. Amended Domestic Abuse Bill goes back to the Lords
  76. London’s DA offenders to be tagged
  77. Government pledges more cash to tackle DA
  78. Chief inspector recounts her time as DA victim
  79. Refuge names new CEO
  80. DA survivors ‘dropping charges as court delays lengthen’
  81. Government promises £184m to help DA victims during pandemic
  82. The figures behind more calls to helplines during pandemic
  83. Sharp rise in contacts to NSPCC about children living in violent homes
  84. Home Office to reform bail conditions to protect DV victims
  85. Non-fatal strangulation ‘to become criminal offence’
  86. Government drive to bolster workplace support for DA victims
  87. Pharmacies to be place of help for DA victims
  88. Women’s Aid new CEO named
  89. Northern Ireland’s DA Bill delayed due to cost fears
  90. Legal aid extended to DA victims with ‘trapped capital’
  91. Two police forces employ technology to help DV victims
  92. DA helpline took centre stage on Google
  93. International: DA victim given ex-partner’s job
  94. Police chiefs urge DA victims to seek help during lockdown
  95. Government boosts funding for DA support in England and Wales
  96. Scotland’s MPs seek views on emergency barring orders
  97. SmartWater protects DA victims in South Yorkshire
  98. Horley reflects on 40 years of changed attitudes
  99. Survey reveals extent of economic abuse
  100. DA-related calls to NSPCC helpline up almost half
  101. Government provides more DA support
  102. Court backlog ‘puts extra pressure on DA victims’
  103. Two honoured for domestic abuse work
  104. Camilla highlights help available for DA victims
  105. Hestia launches DA advice service for businesses
  106. Police force in push for reporting of suspected DA
  107. Domestic abuse cases at record levels in Scotland and NI
  108. Domestic abusers exempted from eviction protection
  109. More companies help employees suffering DA
  110. Horley steps down from Refuge
  111. Boxing champ fined for ‘DA’ social media post
  112. Overhaul planned for family courts to protect DA survivors
  113. Domestic Abuse Bill moves to Lords
  114. Police force to recruit vulnerability coordinators to tackle DV
  115. Clare’s Law initiator Michael Brown dies
  116. Lockdown easing brings surge in demand for Refuge’s help
  117. International: Chinese city launches version of Clare’s Law
  118. North Wales moves to online DVPOs applications
  119. DA calls to NSPCC at record levels
  120. ‘Rough sex’ defence to be outlawed in DA Bill
  121. Scores of DA groups to receive government funding
  122. NCDV launch ‘Abusers Always Work From Home” campaign
  123. Government cash to help DA victims
  124. Cash help for child victims of DA from government
  125. Lockdown will have ‘devastating consequences for generation’ unless DA tackled
  126. Shops become haven from domestic abuse
  127. Police force works on better recognition of child-to-parent DA
  128. DA commissioner calls for post-lockdown preparations
  129. Increased use of domestic abuse helpline
  130. Police force introduces online reporting for domestic abuse
  131. Government boosts support to DA charities during coronavirus crisis
  132. DA victims ‘can escape during lockdown’
  133. CORONAVIRUS: NCDV Urges Courts to Bring Forward Online Court Order Plans Immediately
  134. DA worries surface amid Coronavirus crisis
  135. Improved Domestic Abuse Bill introduced
  136. Camilla calls for greater discussion of taboo subject
  137. BBFC amends warning for DA in films and TV
  138. CWJ submits super-complaint against police
  139. Call made for perpetrator strategy
  140. Majority of women seeking refuge turned away, survey shows
  141. Government boosts support for refuges
  142. Marked rise in Northern Ireland’s DA cases in festive period
  143. NCDV offers to assist police with non-DA protection orders
  144. Refuge highlights extent of tech abuse
  145. Council to give paid leave to staff suffering DA
  146. Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
  147. DA crime rises by quarter
  148. Record number of domestic violence remedy orders
  149. Special DA service launched in Cleveland
  150. UK’s first hub for women DV victims opens
  151. International: better protection on way for DV survivors in Ireland
  152. Read our CEO’s blogs
  153. Police face super-complaint over officers’ DA
  154. Groups urge priority for DA legislation
  155. British win in global policing awards for Operational Encompass
  156. Teesside action to tackle child-to-parent abuse
  157. International: UK takes lead on violence against women and girls
  158. DA Bill proceeds to next stage
  159. Scotland to strengthen protection for DA victims
  160. Call for NI rule change to help DA victims
  161. The smallest can be ‘biggest’ victims of DA – West Yorkshire police
  162. Domestic Abuse Commissioner appointed
  163. Johnson promises new DA bill
  164. Domestic violence killings at five-year high
  165. Unduly lenient sentence scheme extended to coercive control
  166. Thousands made homeless by domestic abuse
  167. NCDV in running for Law Society award
  168. Clare’s Law ‘father’ speaks in favour of law’s revision
  169. Judge gives sobbing abuser no sympathy
  170. Hundreds of DA crimes recorded under new Scottish law
  171. Round up of initiatives
  172. Call for action on DA in rural areas
  173. Jobcentres to increase support to victims
  174. DA bill introduced to Parliament
  175. DV orders at all-time high
  176. Campaign Wins Gold
  177. Children should be regarded as DA victims – parliamentary committee
  178. Changing school to be easier for children escaping DA
  179. OBEs for Encompass couple
  180. Government to spotlight family courts with DA in mind
  181. ‘DA survivors put at risk of homelessness’
  182. Theresa May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ of DA
  183. Courts claim early success in video hearing tests
  184. Closure-threatened refuges in Northamptonshire saved, for now
  185. Volume of DA calls to police force revealed
  186. Dublin includes DA in extension of legal reach
  187. Press regulators back Level Up’s guidelines on reporting DV deaths
  188. Stalking should be treated like DA – university research
  189. Hundreds use ‘Clare’s Law’ in Northern Ireland
  190. Scotland toughens DA legislation
  191. One campaign expands, another makes headway
  192. DA paid leave gains traction
  193. Inspectorate: police response to DA improves, in general
  194. CWJ files super-complaint against police ‘failure’ to protect victims
  195. Government pledges support for male victims
  196. Government urged to redraft DA bill
  197. GMP ‘failed’ murder victim
  198. Scottish council pioneers DA leave in Europe
  199. Ghose steps down as Women’s Aid chief
  200. Government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill
  201. Coercive control is now offence in Ireland
  202. Wales launches coercive control campaign
  203. DA survivors to be offered more support at court
  204. Domestic abusers’ register required – London Assembly
  205. NSPCC urges government to recognise children as victims of DA
  206. Union urges companies to support pledge to stop DA
  207. Government seeks domestic abuse commissioner
  208. GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters
  209. Cases in Northern Ireland at record levels
  210. Manager describes what refuge means to users
  211. Campaign launched to keep refuges open
  212. ‘Weakness in non-molestation order system puts thousands at risk’
  213. Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation
  214. DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women
  215. Scotland joins EU study into DA
  216. Make a Stand signatories top 250
  217. MPs lay out needs in DV bill
  218. DA victims ‘put at risk’ by privatised probation service
  219. Men account for quarter of all DA victims – ManKind
  220. Press watchdog plans DV-related reporting guidelines
  221. Southwark secures first accreditation
  222. DA victims turn to civil courts because of police failings – law firm
  223. Just 15 couples use UC split payments
  224. Early demand for scheme to help DA victims
  225. Petition launched in support of emergency refuge
  226. Smart devices: a new tool for DA
  227. Women’s refuges kept in welfare system
  228. DV victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK
  229. Defendants use system to get DV cases dropped
  230. Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed
  231. International: Reported DV cases drop after decriminalisation in Russia
  232. International: New Zealand gives DV victims paid leave
  233. World Cup sparks spike in domestic violence
  234. Ministry of Defence combats domestic abuse
  235. ‘Children face social justice challenge’
  236. Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’
  237. Speedy backing to CIH campaign against domestic abuse
  238. Surge expected in domestic violence during World Cup
  239. Stressed children, a consequence of domestic abuse
  240. Probe reveals examples of children abusing adults
  241. Version of Clare’s Law to be introduced in Canada
  242. Behaviour on Love Island leads to gaslighting warning
  243. Universal credit criticised
  244. Camilla: Why domestic violence is a focus of my charity work
  245. App launched to provide domestic abuse support nationwide
  246. National recognition for Jane’s Place
  247. Spotify deletes two singers from playlists
  248. Legal costs stop thousands of domestic abuse victims securing protection
  249. ‘Clare’s Law’ applied to Northern Ireland
  250. Caledonian System extended
  251. Light shed on LGBT domestic abuse
  252. Domestic violence advisors in front line with police
  253. Force cheers up refuge children at Easter
  254. International: bans on gun ownership for US domestic abusers
  255. International: paid leave, court therapy, lack of awareness, costly social media error
  256. Quarter of churchgoers suffer domestic abuse – survey
  257. First refuge for male victims of domestic violence
  258. Public to have say on new legislation
  259. Leicestershire Police
  260. Why do I work for NCDV?
  261. Sentencing changes: domestic abuse offenders more likely to be jailed
  262. News in Brief
  263. Police force to adopt body cameras to tackle domestic abuse
  264. Scottish Parliament expands definition of domestic abuse
  265. Hull Central policing team collected three car loads of gifts
  266. Grey’s Anatomy
  267. Campaigner Diahanne Rhiney has been given a British Citizen Award
  268. 38% rise of reported domestic abuse – North Devon
  269. Police provide temporary phones to people at risk
  270. Changes in evidence requirements for family private law disputes
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Prosecutors in England and Wales now have powers to charge violent abusers with the specific offences of non-fatal strangulation or non-fatal suffocation, part of legislation associated with the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. The offences have a maximum jail term of five years.

In legal guidance published as the new laws took effect on 7 June, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) asks prosecutors to carefully consider when to use them instead of alternatives such as actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and battery.

While victims may often be left with few, if any, physical marks, the CPS says guidelines are clear that does not detract from the offences’ seriousness. “Protecting victims from these ‘hidden harms’ is paramount,” said Kate Brown, the service’s lead for domestic abuse prosecutions, who added prosecutors will be trained to ensure the offences are properly identified.

The CPS is asking prosecutors and investigators to take an “offender-centric” approach which involves police looking closely at the actions of a suspect before, during and after the alleged offence, with prosecutors advising on additional reasonable lines of enquiry, such as digital evidence, CCTV footage and witness statements.

Though welcoming the new legislation, Domestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs said a co-ordinated strategy across government is needed so the new crimes can be effectively implemented, perpetrators brought to justice and victims safeguarded.

She mentioned signs for investigators to look out for included bloodshot eyes, bleeding in the ear, jaw pain or a swollen tongue.

With an estimated 20,000 people in the UK strangled each year, commissioner Jacobs argued it and suffocation increases by seven-fold the risk of those being controlled then being killed. Strangulation and suffocation can also cause memory loss, brain damage, stroke, miscarriage or devastating psychological effects.

The CPS advises the new offences of non-fatal strangulation and non-fatal suffocation cannot be applied retrospectively.

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