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Margot Robbie has defended the portrayal of domestic violence in her new film, saying that to water it down would be a "disservice" to victims. The Oscar-nominated actress stars in a biopic of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who was banned from the sport after an attack on her fellow…
Violence against women and girls is endemic, with widespread cases of harassment at work or public places, according to a new report. The Fawcett Society claimed the legal system was failing women, and needed fundamental reform. Research for the campaign group found that half of women had suffered sexual harassment…
Women who are subjected to violence within partnerships prefer more feminine men, according to new research carried out by scientists at the University of St Andrews. The study, carried out by academics from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience Perception Lab at the University, is the first to find that…
Violence in prisons in England and Wales is continuing to surge with assaults and self-harm at record levels, official figures show. Assaults inside jails increased to a record high of 27,193 incidents in the year to June 2017, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data reveals. There were also a record number…
Proposed new sentencing guidelines for domestic abuse cases could see harsher punishments handed out for the crimes, a Commons report suggests. MPs said there is likely to be some "inflationary" impact on penalties as a result of the draft guidance published earlier this year. It comes at a time when…
Incidents of domestic abuse rose slightly last year, according to new figures. Police Scotland recorded 58,810 incidents in 2016/17, up 1% from the previous year. At least one crime or offence was found to have been committed in almost half of those incidents. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said the statistics…
Violence against staff in the public sector has reached "epidemic" proportions, a union has warned. Unison Scotland's 2017 survey of employers revealed there were 42,421 reports of violent incidents compared to 41,166 in the 2016 survey. The figure, which covers staff at councils, health boards, colleges, universities and other public…
Changes to the way assaults on NHS staff are recorded have been criticised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN expressed concern that the Government intends to rely on an annual survey that health service workers complete on an optional basis for information, rather than replace the collection…
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