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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Unsafe to talk, still contact the police and do this

What do you do if you need to contact the police but it is unsafe for you to talk? Police have released a reminder to advise people what to do if you find that youdial 999 but cannot let the operator know that you need help. Silent Solutions is a protocol which decides whether to…
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Victims urged to use new coercive control laws

Despite coercive control recently becoming a criminal offence in England and Wales, latest police data shows that only 3 forces – Kent, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, have 10 or more prosecutions under this offence between December 2015 and June 2016.  This information was revealed under the Freedom of Information Act following a request from Simpson Millar…
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Change to regulations for domestic violence evidence for Legal Aid

In the case of R(Rights of Women) v The Secretary of State for Justice and the Lord Chancellor [2016] EWCA Civ 91, it was upheld that the regulation stating that domestic violence evidence must be within the last two years in order for the client to qualify for Legal Aid.  As a result of this…
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Father bugs ex-partners home

A father, Mr L, placed bugs in his-ex partner’s home and when they were found he claimed that he planted them as he wanted to keep a check on his child.  He admitted at Portsmouth Court today that he did indeed plant the bugs in a “moment of madness” but his ex-partner was none the…
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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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