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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…
The agency which deals with compensation claims from victims of child sexual assault is re-examining its guidelines, the Justice Secretary has said. David Lidington said the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (Cica) had mounted an "urgent re-examination" of its internal guidelines following concerns raised earlier this year. Changes have been urged…
Research released by Women's Aid and Cafcass finds that 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time feature allegations of domestic abuse. The research highlights the significant impact on children who experience domestic abuse, with those in the sample exhibiting a range…
Two women have promised to champion the cause of Welsh victims after being appointed to advise the public inquiry into child sexual abuse. May Baxter-Thornton (left) from Newport and Emma Lewis (right) from Swansea, who have both experienced child sexual abuse, will sit on the victims and survivors panel of…
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