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Around one in 10 females aged 16 to 19 were victims of domestic abuse last year, a survey has suggested. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on domestic abuse showed that 10.5% of 16 to 19-year-old females reported instances of abuse in the 12-month period to March…
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…
Women who have survived rape and violence before coming to Britain are still routinely held in immigration detention, according to a new report. Campaigners say female asylum seekers are being locked up despite the introduction last year of official guidance which was expected to reduce the number of vulnerable people…
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 MPs said there is likely to be some "inflationary" impact on penalties as a result of the draft guidance published earlier this year.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…
Women's refuges across the country have had their budgets cut by nearly a quarter in the last seven years, according to new figures. Budgets have been slashed despite the number of domestic violence cases reported to police increasing by a third in the same period. An investigation by the Bureau…
A controlling husband who subjected his wife to almost 30 years of domestic abuse has been jailed. Self-employed crofter Robert Simmons, 62, used a variety of abusive means to dominate and humiliate his spouse and assert control over her. His actions, which included hosing her down with cold water in…
Alleged sex crimes and domestic abuse offences now account for one in five cases pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been revealed. They made up nearly 20% of the organisation's caseload in 2016-17 - compared with less than a tenth a decade ago after a huge surge in…
More than 400,000 people have been placed on a police "vulnerable persons" database, an investigation has found. Officers add people they encounter at incidents to the Interim Vulnerable Persons Database (iVPD) if they are concerned for their future wellbeing. The database also records incidents where there has been an immediate…
A judge's decision to spare Oxford University student Lavinia Woodward from going straight to prison for stabbing her boyfriend risks putting male victims of domestic abuse off coming forward, a campaigner has warned. Mark Brooks, chairman of the ManKind Initiative, branded Woodward's sentence "unfair" and said she would have been…
Changes to domestic abuse law which would criminalise emotional and psychological abuse have been backed unanimously by a committee of MSPs. The Justice Committee agreed to the general principles of new legislation from the Scottish Government, with convener Margaret Mitchell saying it could make a "huge difference" to those who…
A family court judge has raised concern about the lack of support offered to a woman with a low IQ who suffered "extreme abuse". Judge Stephen Wildblood said the woman, who was in her mid-20s and had an IQ of 66, had not been offered "therapeutic support" although there had…
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