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Crimes will be treated as more serious if they are committed in a domestic setting under new sentencing guidelines. People who subject spouses, partners or family members to abuse will face tougher punishments than those who commit similar offences in a non-domestic context. For the first time official guidance for…
Most victims of sexual assault allow the attack to happen, a forensic medical expert has told the rape trial of two Irish rugby players. Janet Hall, who has extensive experience of dealing with the victims of sexual assault, was asked by a prosecution barrister whether the majority resisted. She told…
Police can be held liable for serious failures in their investigations after a landmark Supreme Court ruling linked to the case of black cab rapist John Worboys. The Metropolitan Police lost their challenge against a ruling which led to two of Worboys' victims winning compensation. Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey…
The number of victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham appears to be even higher than the 1,400 figure which sparked a national outrage, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The NCA is conducting a huge investigation in the South Yorkshire town following the revelations in the 2014 Jay…
Margot Robbie has defended the portrayal of domestic violence in her new film, saying that to water it down would be a "disservice" to victims. The Oscar-nominated actress stars in a biopic of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who was banned from the sport after an attack on her fellow…
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…
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