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Jordan Peele, who won an Oscar for taking on racism with the film Get Out, will now target domestic abuse with a documentary on Lorena Bobbitt. Amazon announced the director, writer and comedian will be executive producer on the series, which will challenge the "long-held narrative" surrounding Bobbitt, who cut…
A scheme to let people find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has begun in Northern Ireland. The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme means the public has the 'right to ask' the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to investigate if they are potentially at…
Big Issue founder Lord Bird has admitted to beating his father after finding him pouring hot water over his mother. In a debate on domestic abuse, Lord Bird said that at the age of 18 when he came home from boys' prison he discovered his father pouring a kettle of…
Some perpetrators of domestic violence will be offered a chance to avoid jail through a new scheme aimed at reducing reoffending. The pilot project in Londonderry will see convicted offenders engage in an intensive therapeutic programme designed to alter their behaviour. A judge will select eligible candidates to participate in…
Domestic violence victims in Birmingham are being sent as far away as Manchester amid a "national crisis" in refuges, Labour has said. Shadow communities minister Melanie Onn hit out at the Government as MPs backed a Bill that would give victims access to lifetime tenancies. It came as a Tory…
Rihanna has accused Snapchat of "intentionally" shaming victims of domestic violence and making fun of them. The singer was responding to an advert on the social media platform that asked users to choose if they would rather "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown". Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna in…
Domestic abusers could be banned from drinking alcohol and electronically tagged under a Government crackdown. New civil orders will expand the potential restrictions courts and police can impose on criminals who torment partners, spouses and other family members. Perpetrators could be required to attend parenting programmes or drug and alcohol…
An SNP MP has proposed changes to the UK Government's welfare policy, to prevent women being "forced to choose between poverty and abuse". Dr Philippa Whitford (pictured) has published a Private Members' Bill aimed at addressing concerns around single household payments for Universal Credit. The SNP's health spokeswoman said her…
Labour has urged ministers to address "the funding crisis" faced by refuges after the Government pledged fresh action to help victims of domestic violence. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said two women were killed by a current or former partner every week, adding that refuge services have "sharply reduced". Home…
Domestic violence victims should be spared having to confront their alleged abusers in court, the Home Secretary has said. Amber Rudd wants to introduce special protections for victims, similar to those already in place for victims of other crimes, such as being able to give evidence behind a screen or…
Crimes will be treated as more serious if they are committed in a domestic setting under new sentencing guidelines. People who subject spouses, partners or family members to abuse will face tougher punishments than those who commit similar offences in a non-domestic context. For the first time official guidance for…
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…
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