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Legislation to tackle domestic abuse must go further to protect children, MSPs have been told. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill creates a specific criminal offence of ''abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner'', including psychological abuse - such as coercive and controlling behaviour. It also includes the introduction of an…
A sadistic gang have been convicted of a campaign of "Dark Ages" abuse against a vulnerable father-of-two, including forcing him to eat one of his own testicles, which eventually led to his death. Jimmy Prout, 45, thought the group were his friends but they turned on him and eventually dumped…
The investigation into abuse of vulnerable adults at two care homes in Devon was launched after one of the residents contacted the authorities. The resident - known only as AC - reported managers of the Veilstone and Gatooma homes to the Care Quality Commission in July 2011. He had lived…
Thirteen directors, managers and staff at two care homes have been convicted of imprisoning disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, it can be reported. An abusive culture developed in which vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by managers…
Almost 80% of people sleeping rough were attacked or suffered abuse or anti-social behaviour over the past year, a homelessness charity said. As Crisis opens its centres to thousands of homeless people across the country this Christmas, the charity said two thirds of people felt that living on the streets…
So-called honour-based violence and forced marriage offences are increasingly being perpetrated online, police and prosecutors have warned. The trend was highlighted as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) emphasised their commitment to successfully investigate the crimes. They have published a joint protocol setting out the…
Over half of British adults (52%) believe that abuse and neglect in care homes for the elderly is common. Of those, many say their opinion is based on personal experience - either knowing someone in a care home (15%), working in a care home (5%), or hearing personal experience from…
Internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post humiliating photoshopped images online could face prosecution under new legal guidelines. Social media is to be more stringently policed after the Crown Prosecution Service issued rules on offences for which online users can face criminal charges. Inciting people to harass others online,…
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