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Failure to take action on stalking could lead to an escalation in violence and potentially death, a study of more than 350 homicides suggests. The results of a six-month study claim there is a strong correlation between some key stalking behaviours and homicides. Criminologists found that stalking was present in…
A couple who sexually abused a mentally-disordered woman held prisoner in their home for six years have been sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison. Keith and Caroline Baker raped and sexually abused their traumatised and emaciated victim, who had no way of escaping them. Neighbours in Craigavon…
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…
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…
An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
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…
A pensioner who repeatedly stabbed a member of staff at a care home has pleaded guilty to her attempted murder. Fred Butcher was charged following the "unprovoked attack" involving a knife at the residential home in Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent, on January 26. The 79-year-old entered his plea at Maidstone…
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