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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Government to increase funding for vulnerable women and girls

The government has recently announced that it intends to increase funding to protect women and girls from violence to £80 million as part of a new Violence Against Woman and Girls (VAWG) strategy.  This represents a change in thinking from the previous crisis response style to a new early intervention and prevention style. There will…
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Funding for Domestic Violence victims

Domestic Violence campaigners petition government to provide funding for victims. Campaigners against domestic violence are protesting against the government’s proposed cuts to funding for services which help vulnerable people. George Osbourne will announce the budget plans for the next 12 months this week and it is anticipated he will announce further cuts to services, such…
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Legal aid changes

Campaign group, Rights of Women, have won an appeal in the Court of Appeal challenging the legal aid rules. The Court of Appeal have ruled that government changes to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse are unlawful. The rule that a victim has to prove that they have been subjected to abuse within the…
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New evidence test for Legal Aid leaving domestic violence victims at risk

The Court of Appeal is set to decide whether to overturn a previous ruling on the lawfulness of government changes to Legal Aid for domestic violence victims following a challenge by Rights of Women.  The organization released a report to coincide with their hearing showing that under the current rules 40% of domestic violence victims…
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Domestic Abuse Checklist for Police

Police officers are to get advice on recognising the tell-tale signs and patterns of domestic abuse. A report revealed that some domestic abuse victims feel intimidated and unsupported by officer’s attitudes, so new guidelines for police have been created. The Authorised Professional Practice (APP) guidelines have been issue by the College of Policing and encourage…
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“Portsmouth should be flagship city for domestic abuse awareness”

Campaigners are calling for Portsmouth to become a flagship city for domestic abuse awareness. Ukip Councillor, Julie Swan, is at the heart of a campaign to eradicate the growing problem of domestic abuse in Portsmouth. She believes that more needs to be done to reach out to victims of domestic abuse. This message comes as…
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How can I protect myself and my children from my abusive partner?

If you are in an abusive relationship, the Court can provide you with assistance in the form of a Non-Molestation Order. A Non-Molestation Order is a Court order forbidding a person from using or threatening violence, harassing, pestering and/or intimidating another. This sort of order can also include a provision not to attend at a…
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Southern Domestic Abuse Service gets funding boost

Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) has been awarded a £500,000 funding boost through The Big Lottery Fund. The money will help the charity to fund more Independent Domestic Violence Advisors who are highly trained to help those victims of domestic abuse who are in danger of serious harm or murder. Last year there were concerns…
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