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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'',…
A female judge who warned women they are at greater risk of being raped if they get drunk has been accused of victim-blaming by a police commissioner. Lindsey Kushner said there was "absolutely no excuse" for sex attacks but warned that men gravitate towards vulnerable women, as she jailed a…
Proposals to tackle violence against women have moved a step closer to becoming law after peers gave their unanimous support. SNP-sponsored legislation aimed at forcing the Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention, which places legal obligations on the state to tackle sexual violence and domestic abuse, received an unopposed second…
A charity that supports domestic violence victims has said it is devastated over the deaths of a young mother and two toddlers in a fire at a housing complex it runs. The 27-year-old woman and two girls aged two and three died after a blaze broke out in an apartment…
An awareness-raising campaign aimed at challenging common misconceptions about how victims respond to rape has been launched. The Rape Crisis Scotland project hopes to address the "myth" there is a right way and a wrong way for people to react during or after an attack. Entitled I Just Froze, the…
New measures have been announced to make it easier for survivors of domestic abuse to take part in elections. Changes to the anonymous registration scheme will make it more straightforward for people to exercise the right to vote without compromising their safety. The reforms, which could potentially help thousands of…
Children are not being taken seriously when they report violent and sexual crimes, the Government's victims tsar has warned. Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing youngsters who feel they are being let down by the system that is meant to protect them, according to Baroness Newlove. The Victims'…
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