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The justice system is failing to protect victims of stalking, harassment, domestic abuse and coercive behaviour from further distress, according to a new report. Just over half of the 122 victims of those crimes surveyed had a restraining order taken out against the perpetrator, the report released by Plaid Cymru…
The murder of a 24-year-old who was stalked and had her neck slashed by her "psychopath" soldier ex-boyfriend is a "potent reminder" of why women reporting abuse must be taken seriously, a charity has said. Alice Ruggles was left to bleed to death in her own Gateshead flat last October…
A domestic violence charity that received £1.4 million of taxpayers' cash collapsed after "chaotic" management, according to a public spending watchdog. Broken Rainbow, which supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender abuse victims, had been surviving "hand to mouth" for years, the National Audit Office said. It found that over 15…
Growing numbers of women in England are experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ – living in precarious arrangements without privacy or their own legal living space - according to new research. Women’s homelessness is a major social problem in the UK, with the latest figures revealing that from 1998 – 2015, 1,475,150 households…
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has published its report on provision of services for forensic examinations across Scotland for victims of sexual crime. HMICS Strategic Overview of Provision of Forensic Medical Services to Victims of Sexual Crime looking into how adult and child victims of sexual crime…
Domestic violence is a violation of human rights with damaging social, economic and health consequences. It is any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. That abuse can be psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and financial. The “domestic” element refers to abuse between people aged 16 or over who…
The Crown Prosecution Service has said it is "considering options" in the case of a man who was spared jail after he admitted beating his wife. Mustafa Bashir, 34, was given a suspended sentence at Manchester Crown Court last week for assaulting wife Fakhara Karim. Judge Richard Mansell QC has…
A domestic abuse charity has criticised a judge who reportedly claimed a victim was "not vulnerable" because she was intelligent. Judge Richard Mansell QC gave Mustafa Bashir, 34, a suspended sentence after he admitted beating wife Fakhara Karim. Sentencing Bashir at Manchester Crown Court last week, Judge Mansell QC reportedly…
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