Archive for the 'domestic violence' Category

‘Restoring confidence so victims report rape is key’ – The Guardian

“As the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer is responsible for prosecutions, legal issues and criminal justice policy. Since he took up the post in November 2008, he has had to contend with the case of the death of Ian Tomlinson at the 2009 G20 Summit, the controversy around assisted suicide and has been drawn into the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Now he faces another challenge.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Domestic homicide reviews take effect – Home Office

“From today, local areas should undertake new action to tackle domestic homicide following any case where someone has been killed by their current or former partner, Home Secretary Theresa May announced.”

Full press release

Home Office, 13th April 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

DPP: Prosecutors and police must protect women in the home – Crown Prosecution Service

“Women in England and Wales are still more at risk of crime in their own homes than anywhere else, the Director of Public Prosecutions said in a speech today entitled ‘Domestic Violence: the facts, the issues, the future’.”

Full speech

Crown Prosecution Service, 12th April 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Norfolk chainsaw murderer jailed for life for wife killing – BBC News

“A man has been jailed for life for murdering his wife and dismembering her body at their Norfolk home.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

All domestic abuse deaths to have multi-agency review – BBC News

“Every domestic abuse death is to be automatically reviewed in England and Wales in an effort to make sure lessons about violence in the home are learned.”

Full story

BBC News, 13th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs warn against legal aid reforms in divorce cases – The Guardian

“Making eligibility for legal aid in divorce and custody cases dependent on accusations of domestic violence will create a ‘perverse incentive’ that encourages false allegations, according to a group of MPs.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pressure prompts review of ‘domestic violence’ legal aid definition – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government has delayed its plans to respond to the legal aid and civil costs consultations until after Easter, and will ‘review’ the definition of domestic violence, the legal aid minister said last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 21st March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Life sentence for US wife killer Harold Landry – BBC News

“A US businessman who stabbed his wife 23 times and left her under a hedge has been jailed for at least 16 years.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

“Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

“Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Sisters sentenced for killing father over contents of safe – The Guardian

“Two teenage sisters described by a judge as ‘Judas-like and wicked’ have been given lengthy jail sentences for the brutal murder of their father.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenager and partner convicted of murdering her father – The Guardian

“A teenager wept when she was found guilty of murdering her father while he slept in his bed after a dispute over money.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supreme Court widens definition of violent abuse – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling that domestic violence extends beyond physical contact to include other forms of violent conduct.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Supreme Court widens definition of violent abuse – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling that domestic violence extends beyond physical contact to include other forms of violent conduct.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette. 3rd February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Yemshaw v Hounslow London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Yemshaw v Hounslow London Borough Council [2011] UKSC 3; [2011] WLR (D) 18

 ” ‘Domestic violence’ in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996 included physical violence, threatening or intimidating behaviour and any other form of abuse which, directly or indirectly, might give rise to the risk of harm.”

WLR Daily, 26th January 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Brother of Harry Potter star jailed for attacking her – Daily Telegraph

“The brother of a Harry Potter star has been jailed for six months for a ‘prolonged and nasty’ attack in which she was beaten and branded a ‘slag’ for dating a non-Muslim.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Axing provocation defence ‘not sensible’ – Lord Judge – BBC News

“New laws aimed at protecting female victims of domestic violence have come under fire from the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Family Law Bar Association Warns of Consequences of Civil Legal Aid Cuts – The Bar Council

“Ahead of Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke QC MP’s appearance before the Justice Select Committee tomorrow, the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), which represents family barristers in England and Wales, has warned of the potentially dangerous consequences of the planned cuts to civil legal aid.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 14th December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Man jailed on appeal over pregnant ex-girlfriend attack – BBC News

“A man given a suspended sentence for repeatedly kicking his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the head has been jailed for four years after an appeal.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Family anger at IPCC and police after failings that led to mother’s murder – The Guardian

“Relatives of Maria Stubbings plan action after Essex force failed to inform mother that her new partner was a convicted killer.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man guilty of arranging estranged wife’s machete murder – The Guardian

“A man was today found guilty of ordering the murder of his estranged wife, who was hacked to death with a machete in a suburban street as she walked to collect the couple’s children.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police to have power to order violent partners to leave home for 48 hours – The Guardian

“A scheme to protect women from domestic abuse by removing violent partners from the family home is to be piloted in three police force areas from next summer, the home secretary, Theresa May, is to announce today. The go-ahead for domestic violence protection orders forms part of an updated Home Office strategy to tackle sexual and emotional crimes against women and girls.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man jailed for murder of girlfriend’s toddler – The Guardian

“A man was jailed for life today for the murder of his girlfriend’s toddler, whom he viciously attacked after her crying interrupted him playing on his Xbox computer game.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Banaz Mahmod ‘honour’ killing cousins jailed for life – BBC News

“Two cousins who murdered a relative because her family disapproved of her boyfriend have been jailed for life.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mother who doused daughter in acid sent to secure unit – The Guardian

“A schizophrenic mother who stabbed her three-year-old daughter to death before dousing her body in acid must stay in a secure psychiatric hospital for the public’s protection, a judge ruled today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th Ocotber 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man in 50s ordered to behave in parents’ home – Daily Telegraph

“The High Court yesterday issued the order protecting the elderly couple from their son, but allowing him to stay with them, providing he doesn’t behave unlawfully towards them.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man convicted of parents’ manslaughter in south London – BBC News

“A man has been jailed indefinitely for killing his parents at their home in south London after they criticised him for being in bed with a hangover.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rape within marriage is ‘impossible’, claims Muslim cleric – Daily Telegraph

“A senior Muslim cleric in charge of Britain’s largest group of sharia law courts has claimed that there is no such thing as rape within marriage.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 15th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man jailed for 24 years for murdering ex-wife over Facebook taunts – The Guardian

“A chef who murdered his former wife after she taunted him on the social networking site Facebook about child support payments was jailed for life today (4 October).”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New defence to murder charge comes into force – The Independent

“Men and women facing domestic violence could argue they were forced to kill their tormentor under a new murder law which comes into force today.”

Full story

The Independent, 4th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Battered women who kill to be main beneficiaries as homicide law changes – The Guardian

“Few people seem to have noticed that the law of murder in England and Wales changes on Monday. With only a few days to go, the Ministry of Justice had not published the circular it normally issues in good time to inform ‘public and stakeholders’ – in this case, killers and courts – about changes in legislation and their commencement dates.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pregnant girlfriend attacker given reduced sentence – BBC News

“A man who twice attacked his pregnant girlfriend has had his sentence cut after the judge held both responsible for the ‘difficult relationship’.”

Full story

BBC News, 26th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Essex Police admit Maria Stubbings murder case mistakes – BBC news

“A police force has admitted making mistakes in a domestic abuse and murder case, ahead of an official report.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government shelves domestic violence prevention scheme – The Guardian

“A scheme to protect women from domestic abuse by removing violent partners from the family home has been shelved by the government, sparking fears that public protection is being put at risk by the coalition’s cuts programme.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Theresa May scraps power to ban domestic abusers from victims’ homes – The Independent

“A scheme to protect women from domestic abuse by removing violent partners from the family home is being scrapped by the Government as part of its drive to cut public spending.”

Full story

The Independent, 4th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Metropolitan Housing Trust v Hadjazi – WLR Daily

Metropolitan Housing Trust v Hadjazi [2010] EWCA Civ 750; [2010] WLR (D) 167

“The jurisdiction of the court to grant a social landlord a possession order against an assured tenant, the husband, under ground 14A in Pt II of Sch 2 to the Housing Act 1988 on the basis of the husband’s domestic violence or threat of violence against the wife, extended to violence and threats proved to have taken place after the husband had left the dwelling house to live temporarily elsewhere.”

WLR Daily, 2nd July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Football and domestic violence – BBC Law in Action

“At the half way stage of the World Cup, police forces across the UK are paying unsolicited visits to men with a record of domestic violence. It’s a strategy recommended by the Association of Chief Police Officers. According to ACPO, research shows that domestic violence peaks during big sporting events like the World Cup. Many police forces have therefore concluded that it makes sense to let potential perpetrators know they are being watched. As Joshua Rozenberg finds when he sees the policy in action in Nottinghamshire, police on the ground belive the policy is working. But a closer look at the evidence casts doubt on whether there really is such a link and traces the idea that there is back to an urban myth from the United States.”

Podcast

BBC Law in Action, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Crime and Security Act 2010

Crime and Security Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Attorney General urges new thinking on domestic violence – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, is urging all men to stand up against domestic violence ‘for the women in our lives.’ ”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

More specialist domestic violence courts offer tailored support to victims – Ministry of Justice

“Victims of domestic violence will benefit from a further 14 new specialist domestic violence courts making a total of 141 courts in England and Wales.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Under fire Greater Manchester Police failed dead woman – BBC News

“Greater Manchester Police has been told it failed a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend as a report graded it as one of the worst in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sentence for domestic violence attack doubled after appeal by Attorney General – Attorney General’s Office

“At the Court of Appeal today the Attorney General, Baroness Patricia Scotland QC, successfully appealed the sentence of a man who picked up a iron which he had heated and repeatedly held to his wife’s face, leaving it on her skin for two to three seconds. He then further attacked her.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 24th February 2010

Soure: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Wife attacker has sentenced doubled after intervention from Attorney General – Daily Telegraph

“A man who ‘branded’ his wife’s face with an iron has had his sentenced doubled after the Attorney General personally intervened.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Honour’ case father guilty of killing Tulay Goren – BBC News

“A father has been found guilty of murdering his 15-year-old daughter in a so-called honour killing.”

Full story

BBC News, 17th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS delivers justice for more victims of domestic violence – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has brought more prosecutions against perpetrators of domestic violence and secured more guilty pleas and convictions for the third year running.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 15th December 2009

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Policeman jailed for murdering constable fiancee – The Guardian

“A policeman has been jailed for at least 18 years for murdering his police constable fiancee and trying to hide the act with a staged car accident.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

1998 wife killer loses appeal bid – BBC News

“A man jailed for life 11 years ago after admitting repeatedly stabbing his wife to death when she left him, has lost his appeal against conviction.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Husband killed Vodafone executive – BBC News

“A man has been convicted of killing his Vodafone executive wife after she admitted to having an affair.”

Full story

BBC News, 29th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Top banker convicted of killing unfaithful wife – The Independent

“A City banker who killed his unfaithful wife during a violent row was today found guilty of manslaughter.”

Full story

The Independent, 13th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mother to give evidence in ‘honour killing’ trial – The Guardian

“The mother of a schoolgirl who disappeared 10 years ago is to give evidence against her husband at his trial for the alleged murder of their daughter in a so-called ‘honour killing’. Tulay Goren, 15, was murdered by her father and his brothers because she fell in love with the wrong man, an Old Bailey jury heard today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th October 2009

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk

New powers help victims break cycle of domestic violence – Home Office

“Violent partners will be banned from their homes and their victims given support to escape abuse under new government proposals.”

Full press release

Home Office, 29th September 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Alan Johnson will tell police to stop violent men returning to their homes – The Guardian

“Violent husbands and partners will be banned from returning to their homes under powers to be unveiled today by the home secretary, Alan Johnson.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police changes target ‘honour’ crimes – The Independent

“Hundreds more so-called honour crimes could be recorded by police under a drive to bring offenders to justice.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Partner convicted of Facebook murder – The Independent

“A man was convicted today of murdering his partner less than a fortnight after she changed her status to single on Facebook.”

Full story

The Independent, 11th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Women more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but more likely to be arrested – Daily Telegraph

“Women are three times as likely to be arrested over domestic violence allegations than men, even though they are more often the victims.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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