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Changes to domestic abuse law which would criminalise emotional and psychological abuse have been backed unanimously by a committee of MSPs. The Justice Committee agreed to the general principles of new legislation from the Scottish Government, with convener Margaret Mitchell saying it could make a "huge difference" to those who…
A family court judge has raised concern about the lack of support offered to a woman with a low IQ who suffered "extreme abuse". Judge Stephen Wildblood said the woman, who was in her mid-20s and had an IQ of 66, had not been offered "therapeutic support" although there had…
"Far too little" is being done to prevent child domestic abuse and repair the lasting damage it does, a report has found. The second of a two-part "targeted area inspection" focused on the child protection practices of six local authorities: Hounslow, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Bradford, Lincolnshire and Salford. The joint study…
Domestic abuse continues to be a "scourge" on society more than 40 years after the introduction of historic legislation designed to protect women, according to the most senior family court judge in England and Wales. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, says family court…
Plans to make it easier for male victims of sexual and domestic abuse to come forward it have been unveiled by prosecutors in what has been described as a "landmark moment". The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said many male victims of such crimes never report it to police for a…
Research released by Women's Aid and Cafcass finds that 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time feature allegations of domestic abuse. The research highlights the significant impact on children who experience domestic abuse, with those in the sample exhibiting a range…
A two-session counselling programme for low-level, first time domestic abusers can cut re-offending rates by a third, a groundbreaking experiment has shown. The trial also saw the harm suffered by victims in cases of re-offending reduced by over a quarter when the abuser had taken part in the inexpensive, charity-run…
Domestic abusers should be put on a register as part of a "vital step change" to protect survivors, according to a new report. London Assembly Labour group leader Len Duvall believes a register like the one imposed on sex offenders is needed as "reoffending remains too high" in a society…
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