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International: murder leads to DV law reforms in Kazakhstan


Kazakhstan’s former economy minister Kuandyk Bishimbayev has been jailed for 24 years after being convicted of torturing and murdering his wife, Saltanat Nukenova. Days after her death in November relatives launched a petition urging authorities to pass ‘Saltanat’s Law’ to better protect those at risk of domestic violence. More than 150,000 people signed and the […]

International: Greece to establish refuges

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The Greek government will set up a domestic violence refuge in every police district, with the location known only to police, the minister for citizens’ protection, Michalis Chrisochoidis, announced. The development follows the fatal stabbing of Kyriaki Griva outside a police station while seeking protection from her ex-boyfriend, an incident which has refocused national attention […]

International: Jamaica toughens up on domestic violence

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The Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act has come into force in Jamaica, giving more clout to the protection orders courts can issue to protect victims from harm and harassment. Those who breach an order now face up to one year in prison and a penalty of up to 1,000,000 Jamaican dollars (£5,900), compared with six months […]

INTERNATIONAL: rise in Ireland’s domestic abuse cases

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Irish police responded to 48,400 domestic abuse incidents last year, a 10% increase on 2020, resulting in a 13% rise to 8,600 in charges for crimes involving an element of domestic abuse. Additionally, charges for breaches of domestic violence orders went up 6% to 4,250. The figures show that police have the capacity and resolve […]

International: company’s ‘DA spyware’ banned

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United States’ consumer watchdog, the Federal Trade Commission, has banned SpyFone from the surveillance business because of allegations its stalkerware app secretly harvested and shared data on people’s physical movements, phone use, and online activities through a hidden device. “The illegal secret surveillance provided by the apps made it easy for stalkers and abusers to […]

Coercive control is now offence in Ireland

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Commons committee propose changes to DA legislation

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1489792662097{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1489792637103{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1543308857906{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended amendments to the government’s proposed Domestic Abuse Bill.   The suggested changes include:   • Funding refuges for survivors should be a statutory obligation, backed by national ring-fenced funds; • Split payments for couples should be standard under the […]

DV activists feature in BBC’s 100 Women

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1489792662097{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1489792637103{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1543308649859{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Three campaigners in the field of domestic violence are included in the BBC’s 100 women of influence, who often achieved things of note against the odds.   The three are:..   Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista, a Peruvian lawyer who became the face of the NiUnaMenos (Not […]

Scotland joins EU study into DA

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1489792662097{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1489792637103{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1543307717611{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and Police Scotland will participate in a European-wide study into institutional responses to domestic abuse.   The objective of the three-year Improdova project is that the findings will enable police, social workers, non-governmental organisations and other frontline […]

Number of Cleveland men reporting DA revealed

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1489792662097{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1489792637103{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1535046421438{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A total of 1,412 men last year complained to Cleveland Police they had been victims of domestic abuse.   That is up on 1,338 cases reported the previous year, but well down on the 2,289 in 2015.   The comparative numbers for women complainants were 5,201 […]