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A promising Oxford University medical student who avoided jail after stabbing her boyfriend with a bread knife has lost an appeal against her suspended sentence. Lavinia Woodward attacked her then partner after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college. The 25-year-old was given a 10-month prison term suspended…
Girls and women in their late teens and early twenties are significantly more likely to suffer abuse at the hands of a current or former partner than those in older age groups, official statistics show. Females who are bisexual, from the poorest households or suffering from a long-term illness also…
A fashion student who poured sulphuric acid over her former partner's face after he left her for another woman has been jailed for at least 12 years. Berlinah Wallace, 48, purchased a bottle of 98% concentration sulphuric acid and viewed 82 websites about it - including post-mortem images - after…
A fashion student has been acquitted of murdering her former partner who died by euthanasia after she threw acid over him as he lay sleeping. Berlinah Wallace, 48, meticulously researched acid attacks and purchased a bottle of 98% concentration sulphuric acid online after Mark van Dongen left her for another…
A drug user who brutally murdered his partner by beating her to death with a metal pole before "obliterating" her remains and disposing of them in bins and a toilet has been jailed for at least 28 years. Dean Lowe (pictured) denied harming Kirby Noden despite admitting to family members…
A 19-year-old woman had to endure "physical abuse" as her parents attempted to force her to marry her first cousin and have a baby with him, a court has heard. The teenager's mother and father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are on trial accused of luring her to…
Stalkers could be made to wear electronic tags and their victims would receive message alerts when offenders are nearby, police have said.The new initiatives were unveiled for London as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick admitted the force had failed stalking victims in the past.The number of stalking cases dealt with…
A drug user who claimed his girlfriend was alive and living in South Africa after he beat her to death and then chopped up her body and disposed of it in dustbins and down a toilet has been found guilty of murder.Dean Lowe is facing life in prison after using…
A 26-year-old man who sprayed ammonia in the eyes of his ex-partner and then drove her around for hours prolonging her agony has been given a 14-year sentence.Matthew Johnson, a roofer from Worthing, West Sussex, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Tuesday for using a noxious substance to cause…
New laws to ensure victims of domestic violence will have access to social housing when they flee their abuser have been backed by MPs. The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill protects lifetime tenancies for those who flee their home because of domestic abuse, whether they apply for rehousing…
Victims of domestic violence who claim Universal Credit can find themselves in thousands of pounds of rent arrears if their abuser leaves their home and the payment is split, an MP has said. Labour MP Ruth George said a lot of social housing providers were concerned about the provision in…
The Duchess of Cornwall has urged people to continue talking about domestic abuse following a visit to a charity which focuses on refuge housing for victims. Camilla was given a brief tour of the children's reception and shared kitchen at VIFILL SOS Femme in Lyon on Tuesday. At the end…
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