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MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over long-term failings that saw vital evidence withheld from defence lawyers in rape and serious sexual assault cases. The Justice Committee said "insufficient focus and leadership" led to problems going unresolved and that Alison Saunders "did not sufficiently recognise the extent and…
Compensation for people who suffer at the hands of criminals should be paid up front rather than in "derisory" instalments, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Baroness Newlove (pictured) called for a change to the way court-ordered financial awards are paid after they are imposed on convicted…
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse. Vulnerable people were placed at risk owing to the error, after the email was sent to 90 inquiry participants on February 27 last year, the…
Police in Lincolnshire are failing to record thousands of crimes including sexual offences, grievous bodily harm and rape. A watchdog examined records between June 1 and November 30 2017 and estimated that more than 9,400 reported crimes went unrecorded each year, about 18.8% of the total. Overall, the force was…
A rape victim who suffers with post traumatic stress disorder has been denied benefits for "not demonstrating symptoms" at the time of her claim assessment. Labour MP Wes Streeting raised the case at Prime Minister's Questions, telling MPs he saw examples such as this "week in, week out" at his…
Police forces across the country are being asked to record abuse and harassment of women as a hate crime. Campaign groups want constabularies in England and Wales to follow the example of Nottinghamshire Police in expanding the scope of hate crime offending to include misogyny. An open letter co-signed by…
Almost 200 women have had to declare they are rape victims to qualify for additional child tax credits since a controversial welfare reform was introduced, MPs have heard. The SNP's social justice spokesman, Neil Gray, said the benefit changes have had a "devastating" impact on women, as he urged ministers…
Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face training aid or adapted as an online resource and will be made…
More children are being forced to commit crimes including carrying weapons and selling drugs, a leading charity has warned. Barnardo's surveyed its children's service managers across the country and found that 102 out of 174 (59%) had worked with young people involved in crime. Nearly three-quarters of those asked (73…
Terror survivors have called for the creation of a new fund to help attack victims and bereaved families, claiming that the current system is broken. Survivors Against Terror published a report on Monday - highlighting issues of fraud, inefficiency and inequity within the existing funding structures. Founded by survivors and…
A change in the law is being demanded by the Victims' Commissioner to stop victims of domestic violence being cross-examined by their abusers in the family courts. Baroness Newlove (pictured) said the practice enabled abusive partners "to continue their controlling and coercive behaviour in plain sight". Expressing frustration at the…
One in five British festival goers have experienced sexual assault or harassment at an event, according to new research. Campaigners said the figures, believed to be the first of their kind, should be a wake-up call for the industry to start treating sexual violence as seriously as other crimes at…
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