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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

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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Legal Aid restrictions loosened for Domestic Abuse

The government has loosened the restrictions that were preventing victims of domestic abuse on accessing vital legal aid. Following LASPO legal aid cuts, domestic abuse victims need to prove that abuse had taken place in the last 24 months to qualify for legal aid. A technical rule meant that cases reaching the final hearing were…
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Domestic abuse call to Portsmouth Police every three hours

Domestic abuse is a problem across the country, and Sergeant James Noble, of the Safer Neighbourhood team for Eastney and Milton, says that his team deals with it on a three hourly basis. According to domestic abuse charity Aurora New Dawn, they have had 173 people from Portsmouth referred to them for help in the…
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Domestic Abuse in Portsmouth and its Consequences

Domestic abuse remains a significant issue in Portsmouth according to a draft report on Portsmouth’s Tackling Poverty strategy for 2015-2018. It is seen as having a detrimental effect on employment as well as housing with domestic abuse being a commonly quoted reason for homelessness in women. The report suggests that the impact on very young…
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