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Child victims of sex abuse within families are being let down by the system, new research has warned. Young people are often left to report the abuse themselves when authorities fail to pick up on signs, a series of reports found. Even after their experiences are disclosed, investigations into sex…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has branded Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson "shameful" for her stance on the UK Government's so-called rape clause. Ms Davidson released a statement through a spokesman on Tuesday giving her backing to exemptions to the UK Government's welfare reforms, including the controversial clause. That came after…
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called on Ruth Davidson to confront the Prime Minister on the UK Government's controversial "rape clause". The policy came into force last week as part of welfare reforms limiting claims for child tax credit and Universal Credit to the first two children. An exemption…
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…
England and Wales's most senior public prosecutor has accused a judge of propagating a "victim-blaming culture" around rape cases. Judge Philip Shorrock, a barrister for almost 40 years, said in most trials the alleged rapist was "unsurprisingly" acquitted because both people involved had been drinking or taking drugs and there…
Legislation to criminalise psychological domestic abuse has been published by the Scottish Government. Nicola Sturgeon said the measures contained in the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill recognise the "devastating effect" that non-physical abuse can have on victims. The Bill creates a specific offence of ''abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner'',…
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