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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse: What is Gaslighting

Domestic abuse: What is Gaslighting Domestic abuse is the term to address the fact that abusive relationships are not just about physical violence. It is a term that covers financial abuse, coercive control, psychological and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, harassment and stalking as well as online and digital abuse. What is Gaslighting? The origins of…
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Domestic abuse harder to escape in rural areas

Domestic abuse harder to escape in rural areas An 18 month inquiry into domestic abuse reveals those in rural areas suffer longer, report it less and struggle to get support. The National Rural Crime Network report carried out interviews with people affected by domestic abuse. They also carried out interviews with those working in supporting…
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Children in divorce and separation: What is a C100 form?

Children in divorce and separation: What is a C100 form? Sometimes, you need to ask the Court to help with children in divorce and separation. If communication has broken down between you and your ex, or agreements cannot be made on matters concerning your children, or you need to prevent the other parent doing something,…
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Police face action over death of stalked woman

Police officers are facing disciplinary action following the death of a woman who was being stalked. Shana Grice was 19 and reported being stalked by her ex boyfriend. She was fined for wasting police time after reporting him 5 times. Michael Lane, her ex boyfriend, went on to murder her. Sussex Police say two officers…
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New divorce reforms will be introduced today

Today, Parliament announced that new divorce reforms will be introduced shortly. The much-needed modernisation of the law breaks us away from the outdated 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act. Published proposals show how these new reforms focus on abolishing the need for couples to accuse the other for the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage, by adding the…
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Trackers being used by abusers

Trackers being used by abusers As technology advances, it has been revealed by Refuge that trackers are being used by abusers. Victoria Derbyshire programme had Refuge talk to them about this worrying trend in domestically abusive relationships[1]. Some technology is making it easier for abusers to control their partners. And worryingly, more able to stalk…
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Mental and physical abuse from your husband, what can you do?

Mental and physical abuse from your husband, what can you do? Domestic abuse is not just physical. It has a broad definition. It includes emotional abuse, threats, controlling and coercive behaviour and financial abuse. Any form of abuse is a crime. The law has strict measures in place to protect victims of domestic abuse. A…
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What impact does domestic abuse have on a child?

What impact does domestic abuse have on a child? This is often a question asked by victims of domestic abuse. Sometimes is it hard as a parent to put yourself first? So you look to the children you wish to protect. You try to see the damage that is being done to them. It’s natural…
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How can I help someone going through domestic violence?

How can I help someone going through domestic violence? You know someone going through domestic violence or abuse? Feel helpless? Don’t know what to do? It can be hard to know what is the right thing to do. Your gut instinct is to protect your friend or loved one. BUT, intervening can be dangerous for…
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Are you enjoying the world cup?

Are you enjoying the world cup? Excitement is mounting as England start their world cup journey. Our television channels, radio and newspapers are full of discussions about whether England can go all the way this year or if there will be disappointment when we crash out in the early stages. There is however a large…
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