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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…
A long-standing time-bar which stopped survivors of childhood abuse in Scotland being able to pursue civil damages after three years has been abolished. The introduction of new legislation means victims no longer face a barrier which requires personal injury actions to be made within a certain period after the incident.…
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…
The consequences of recent and future changes to the criminal justice system and how this will affect offenders and victims will be explored at an event organised by the University of Leicester on Wednesday 27 September. The free public lecture, titled ‘What is the future of criminal justice and human…
Access to legal aid should be significantly expanded amid concerns people are being denied access to justice, a report commissioned by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership has said. The Bach Commission - a panel of legal experts chaired by Labour former justice minister Lord Bach - said the justice…
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…
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