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MSPs have passed a “momentous” new law on domestic abuse. The legislation creates a specific offence of domestic abuse, previously dealt with under various existing laws. Abuse survivors were among those in the public gallery at Holyrood and were applauded by MSPs following the vote. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill…
A survivors' group has hit out at "unconvincing" apologies from a religious order that ran a controversial care home where children were allegedly abused. John Scott QC, representing In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas), said the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul had shown a "sceptical attitude" amid claims…
It is "morally wrong" for doctors to charge victims of domestic violence for a letter to prove they were abused, a housing minister has said. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth said anyone could ask to be given their medical records for free, removing the need for letters from their GP, but…
A nun in charge of a Catholic order has offered its "deepest and most sincere apologies" to anyone who may have been abused in its care at a controversial care home. Sister Ellen Flynn said "horrifying" allegations of historical abuses said to have taken place at Smyllum Park orphanage in…
Violence against women and girls is endemic, with widespread cases of harassment at work or public places, according to a new report. The Fawcett Society claimed the legal system was failing women, and needed fundamental reform. Research for the campaign group found that half of women had suffered sexual harassment…
The Director of Public Prosecutions has been criticised for suggesting people who believe they have been raped but stay silent during their ordeal may give the impression they have consented to sex. Alison Saunders said prosecutors considering rape cases must look at whether the suspect had a reasonable belief in…
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…
Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has criticised the criminal justice system for letting a former university friend continue his 20-year campaign of harassment against her. Obsessive Edward Vines, 47, has stalked the BBC journalist since they were both students at Cambridge University in the mid-1990s. Vines was jailed again - this…
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