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The public should be excluded from serious sex trials as part of a radical overhaul in Northern Ireland, a retired senior judge proposed.Sir John Gillen is leading an independent review following the acquittal of two Irish rugby internationals of rape charges in Belfast earlier this year.Sir John (pictured) published a…
Survivors of abuse at children's homes across Northern Ireland have criticised government proposals on compensation as "derisory".Draft legislation to establish a compensation scheme for victims will come on Monday almost two years after the publication of the report by the Historic Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI).The inquiry led by Sir Anthony…
Thongs and placards were held aloft in Belfast on Thursday in solidarity with protests in the Irish Republic earlier this week over how rape trials are conducted.A recent case in Co Cork sparked outrage after a defence barrister referred to the 17-year-old complainant's underwear during the trial, in which a…
Plans have been announced for a new £950,000 centre to enable children and vulnerable adults to give evidence without attending court. The new centre will mean more of these witnesses will be be able to pre-record their evidence for criminal trials in advance, meaning they will not face the potentially…
Rape crisis centres across Scotland are to receive £1.5 million to expand support services. Equalities minister Christina McKelvie (pictured) said the Scottish Government is “committed to preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls”. The centres offer confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to those who have experienced…
A financial compensation scheme for victims of child abuse in care is to be set up by the Scottish Government.Ministers also intend to make fast-track payments to survivors aged 70 and over, and those approaching the end of their lives through illness.An independent inquiry is currently examining historical allegations of…
Serial stalkers and domestic abusers should be placed on a new national register and monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, according to a Commons report.MPs backed calls for a strengthened regime to ensure greater protection for victims who live in fear of their tormentors.The Commons Home Affairs…
Victims of the contaminated blood scandal have written to the Health Secretary asking for an increase in support payments, it has been reported.The public inquiry into the scandal, which is expected to take at least two-and-a-half years, heard the number infected could go "far beyond 25,000".The BBC said Tainted Blood,…
Official guidelines are needed to encourage responsible media reporting of domestic abuse killings, the son of a man who shot dead his wife and daughter said.Luke Hart said guidance, in the same vein as editorial rules on reporting suicide, would give victims dignity and a voice in death.Mr Hart (pictured)…
A man whose mother and sister were killed in an attack by his father has made a tearful plea for understanding of the plight of victims of domestic abuse.Briton Luke Hart was comforted by actor Amber Heard, who appeared emotional, as the crowd in a packed auditorium rose to its…
The fund set up as a result of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements has awarded more than one million pounds to help women who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse, it has announced. The Justice and Equality Fund - which is supported by celebrities such as Emma Watson, Keira…
A woman has been awarded £80,000 in damages in a civil case against a man who had previously been cleared of raping her. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sued Stephen Coxen, accusing him of raping her in St Andrews, Fife, after a night out in September…
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