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DA pilot extended to Glasgow court

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Following successful testing at the Dundee, Hamilton and Paisley Sheriff Courts, Scotland’s busiest, Glasgow, is now covered by a new way of handling the nation’s domestic abuse cases. Under the Summary Case Management scheme, evidence is shared and, where possible, agreed before setting an initial trial date in order to reduce the number of unnecessary […]

Multi-million boost to domestic abuse projects in capital

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £15m of fresh funding for the Mayor’s Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation programme. The money will help add 14 projects to the 70-plus already supported. “Sadly, cases of domestic abuse continue to rise and we know the cost-of-living crisis is leaving many survivors with the dilemma of staying with perpetrators […]

Domestic abuse charity ‘goes into liquidation’

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London-based Against Violence & Abuse (AVA) is reported to be winding down because it is technically insolvent. “The decision to close has been a difficult one, and comes following a period of operational and financial difficulty which the charity has tried to work through,” the board of trustees said in a letter quoted by charity […]

Fatal domestic abuse reviews renamed

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Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales will be renamed Domestic Abuse Related Death Reviews to better recognise suicides linked to domestic abuse. The reviews are a multi-agency effort which seeks to identify and implement lessons learnt from deaths which have, or appear to have, resulted from domestic abuse. The aim is to better protect […]

High levels of drug use in domestic abusers, study shows

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An average of three in five (59%) of those arrested for domestic abuse offences tested positive for cocaine and/or opiates, according to findings from seven UK police forces. The highest proportion was 85% from one area. The results also support anecdotal evidence that cocaine use is an exacerbating factor in domestic abuse. “We know there […]

Respect’s CEO recognised in New Year’s honours list

Jo Todd, CEO of Respect, has received a CBE in recognition of her services to victims of domestic abuse over 30 years. Starting out in survivor-support organisations, she later shifted her focus to addressing the root cause of domestic abuse: perpetrators. As a result she was among founder members of an organisation around the year […]

Camilla praised for her domestic abuse work

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Queen Consort Camilla, who has spoken of her intention to continue raising awareness of domestic abuse in her new role, has been praised by campaigners in the field. Former chief crown prosecutor Nazir Afzal tweeted: “Lots known about King Charles’s interest in green issues, less about Queen Consort Camilla’s passion for tackling violence against women […]

Cost-of-living crisis ‘adds to DA pressures’

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The UK’s cost-of-living crisis is leading to an increase in domestic abuse cases and need for refuge spaces, according to Hestia. The refuge provider says it has seen a 30% rise in demand for spaces and support in the first quarter, and families are having to stay in refuges for longer as the cost of […]

Survey reveals extent of economic abuse

Economic abuse is potentially more widespread than previously thought, according to the Know Economic Abuse report by Refuge and The Co-operative Bank. One in six (16%) of around 4,000 adults surveyed said that they had experienced economic abuse from a current or previous partner. However, 39% of respondents reported they had experienced economic abuse behaviours, […]

NCDV in running for Law Society award

The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has been shortlisted alongside large global legal practices for the 2019 Law Society’s Excellence Award for Pro Bono Services in recognition for its work with victims who cannot obtain legal aid and cannot afford a solicitor.   Mark Groves, CEO of the NCDV, said: “I am extremely proud […]