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Access to legal aid should be significantly expanded amid concerns people are being denied access to justice, a report commissioned by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership has said. The Bach Commission - a panel of legal experts chaired by Labour former justice minister Lord Bach - said the justice…
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…
Two victims of abuse in Rochdale fear they will not live to see the outcome of the far-reaching child sexual abuse inquiry, their counsel has said. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will look at allegations of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children at Cambridge House Boys'…
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…
Sexually abused children as young as 12 could still be denied compensation under revised official guidelines on the grounds they had "consented", it has been reported. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) launched a review earlier this year amid concerns that victims of child grooming gangs were being refused payments,…
A survivor of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has described her shock at being turned down for full compensation for what she suffered because authorities deemed she had consented to the abuse. Sammy Woodhouse, who waived her entitlement to lifelong anonymity so she can campaign against sexual exploitation, said the…
A senior detective who investigated the Newcastle grooming gang said the abusers underestimated their victims' desire to get justice. Speaking after sentences totalling more than 180 years were handed down for 17 people at Newcastle Crown Court, Detective Superintendent Steve Barron (pictured) said: "These offenders targeted these women because of…
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…
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