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A Detective Constable has been sacked for looking up information on a domestic abuse victim for her partner's friend who turned out to be a suspect in the case. Jessica Hamer carried out the search on a police station computer when she was a police constable while a colleague was…
Peers have backed a move to give greater protection to women forced out of their homes by domestic abuse. Legislation requiring local authorities to give victims of domestic abuse with secure lifetime tenancies similar security of tenure when rehousing them was welcomed on both sides of the Lords. The Secure…
Violence against women could become significantly less visible in police-recorded crime figures when a new counting method comes into effect, warn researchers at Lancaster University. Plans for Home Office Counting Rules to count coercive and controlling behaviour as ‘non-injurious violent crime’ capped at one crime per victim – even though…
Police will provide temporary mobile phones to people at risk of domestic violence whose own phones have been taken for investigative reasons. The decision comes following the murder of Katrina O'Hara by her ex-partner Stuart Thomas in Blandford Forum, Dorset, on January 7 last year. Married Thomas, 49, stabbed Ms…
Survivors of domestic violence will be given more support to move home under a new housing scheme. The scheme will ensure those with lifetime tenancies in social housing who flee a violent relationship will not lose their security of tenure and are provided with a new home. In 2015/16 more…
A police force has faced criticism for social media posts that appeared to support domestic abuse victims staying with their partners. Essex Police posted a case study on Facebook about "Sheila", a 65-year-old woman in an abusive relationship. "She knew that the abuse in her relationship was wrong but also…
New powers are needed to stop stalkers and domestic abusers using courts as a "cynical and calculated" way to cause further distress to their victims, MPs have heard. Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts (pictured) said courts should be able to dismiss "meritless applications" where their purpose is to "harass or…
Legal aid restrictions will be eased for victims of domestic violence under Government reforms. The Ministry of Justice announced changes to give more support to those taking abusive former partners to court in family proceedings. A five-year time limit on abuse evidence will be scrapped, while the range of documents…
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