Archive for the 'victims' Category

7/7 inquests: MI5 anxiously awaits coroner’s verdict – The Guardian

“The coroner of the 7 July inquests, Lady Justice Hallett, will reveal today how she has responded to relatives of the victims who say MI5 could have taken steps to prevent the bombings, and the security service’s insistence that it cannot be blamed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘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

Sex trafficking victim gets damages from Home Office – BBC News

“A Moldovan woman who was a victim of sex trafficking and forced into prostitution has obtained substantial damages from the Home Office.”

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BBC News, 11th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forensics cut will be ‘disastrous’ for victims of injustice – The Guardian

“Miscarriages of justice will not be corrected and public confidence in the criminal justice system will be damaged if proposed changes to the forensic science service go ahead, according to Richard Foster, chairman of the criminal cases review commission.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crime victims’ advocate network to be established – BBC News

“Victims of crime – and witnesses to it – in England and Wales are to be given a ‘louder voice’ thanks to a £1m government initiative.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

News release: New support centre for victims of rape – Ministry of Justice

“Victims of rape and sexual violence will receive the specialist help they need following Ministry of Justice funding for four new support centres in Hereford, Trafford, Dorset and Devon said Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 9th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw calls for immigration hearing law change – BBC News

“Former Home Secretary Jack Straw has called for judges to be able to hear from victims in immigration hearings.”

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BBC News, 4th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

A vision for restorative justice – Ministry of Justice

“Minister Nick Herbert spoke about the benefits of restorative justice and the need to embed it in every part of the criminal justice system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.justice.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 story

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Rape guidelines may prevent unfair prosecutions of those who retract claim – The Guardian

“Tougher measures to prevent women being unfairly prosecuted after making and retracting rape claims are to be announced under new guidelines from the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Keir Starmer orders change in dealing with rape claim retraction cases – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, has ordered a change in the way government lawyers deal with cases against women who withdraw rape claims, acknowledging ‘failings’ in the handling of a recent victim.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Rape: justice will be done

Northumbria Police face Stephen Mitchell damages claims – BBC News

“A police force which admitted failings over its recruitment of an officer who raped and assaulted vulnerable women is facing damages claims from his victims.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Why women who report rape fall foul of a harsh criminal justice system – The Guardian

“The idea that we are faced with the mutually exclusive objectives of protecting victims of rape and the innocent is false.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: I accused my husband of rape. I was locked up – and he was set free

Woman jailed for falsely retracting rape claim is freed – The Guardian

“A mother jailed for falsely retracting allegations that she had been raped six times by her husband was freed today on appeal.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three Met officers may face charges over rape case – BBC News

“Three Metropolitan Police officers may face criminal charges over claims they altered an alleged rape victim’s statement so proceedings were dropped.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses publishes new report – Ministry of Justice

“Louise Casey, the independent Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, has today published a new report on improving support for victims in the criminal justice system.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Police force censured over ‘inept’ response to rape complaint – The Guardian

“A police force’s handling of a woman’s complaint that she was raped by a known sex offender was ‘so inept that it borders on the unbelievable’, an official report concluded today.”

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The Guardian, 21st October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rape victim not allowed to know truth about adopted child – Daily Telegraph

“A rape victim who gave her baby away 20 years ago because she could not be sure if the child was her husband’s cannot now find out the truth because of adoption rules, a court has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Victim payouts to be reviewed after 7/7 London bombs – BBC News

“The government’s scheme compensating victims of crime is to be changed as a result of the 7 July London bombs, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said.”

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BBC News, 19th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS pays compensation over sex assault case – The Independent

“The Crown Prosecution Service has agreed to pay £16,000 compensation to a woman over the handling of a serious sexual assault allegation, it was reported today.”

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The Independent, 20th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Essex Police ‘dismissed sex attack victim’ – BBC News

“Essex Police failed to investigate sexual assaults because the victim was not believed due to her history of mental illness, a watchdog has said.”

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BBC News, 17th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Inquiry into treatment of rape victims shelved – Daily Telegraph

“The £441,000 audit was launched last year after a series of major blunders by detectives investigating rape cases. But the decision to shelve it was taken after Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was asked to identify budget savings.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

CPS launches consultation on human trafficking public policy – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today began a public consultation on its Public Policy Statement on Human Trafficking.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 29th July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Prisons minister says criminals could cut jail sentences by saying ‘sorry’ – The Guardian

“Tens of thousands of offenders may be able to reduce their sentences by making personal apologies to their victims, under plans for a ‘rehabilitation revolution’ in the criminal justice system.”

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The Guardian, 25th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government to compensate torture victims as official inquiry launched – The Guardian

“David Cameron today (6 July) ordered an unprecedented inquiry into evidence and allegations of British complicity in the torture and abuse of terror suspects.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

£11m compensation awarded to 7/7 victims – BBC News

“Victims of the 7 July attacks have received £11m in compensation so far, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) said.”

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BBC News, 2nd July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

£8m: Britain’s compensation bill for dead and injured Iraqis – The Independent

“The Government has paid off more than 1,000 innocent Iraqis hit by botched British military operations that resulted in deaths, injuries and major damage to property.”

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The Independent, 16th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Children victims of half of all sex offences – BBC News

“Almost half of all sex offences are committed against children, despite them making up just 21% of the population, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 7th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prosecutors must ‘raise game’ on disabled hate crime – BBC News

“The Crown Prospection Service should do more to help disabled victims of hate crime, an official has admitted.”

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BBC News, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Student’s jail sentence for confronting muggers is overturned – Daily Telegraph

“A student jailed for confronting a gang of muggers has been freed by judges on appeal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

7/7 victims could have to pay for their own lawyers at inquests – Daily Telegraph

“The families of victims of the July 7 bombings and survivors of the attacks could have to spend their compensation and life insurance payouts on hiring lawyers for the inquests, it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Facebook takes down 30 prisoners’ pages after victim taunts – The Guardian

“Jack Straw, the justice secretary, says the 30 offending pages brought to the attention of Facebook had been removed within 48 hours.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jack Straw unveils plans for a new National Victims’ Service – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has announced details of the new National Victims’ Service as the next stage of reforms aimed at ensuring the justice system is firmly on the side of the law abiding citizen.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 27th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Combined fund to support victims of sexual violence – Ministry of Justice

“Government funding for voluntary agencies that provide support to victims of sexual violence will be streamlined with the establishment of a one-year combined fund for 2010/11.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 27th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw to unveil new National Victims Service – BBC News

“Murder victims’ relatives will be the first to benefit from a service to help people afflicted by crime, Justice Secretary Jack Straw is to announce.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police errors left rapist John Worboys free to strike – but no officers face sack – The Guardian

“A serial sex attacker remained free to continue preying on women because police officers made serious mistakes during their investigations and failed to take victims seriously, the Independent Police Complaints Commission will rule today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New support for victims of terrorism overseas – Ministry of Justice

“Victims of terrorist atrocities abroad will now be able to claim compensation under a new scheme announced today by Justice Secretary, Jack Straw.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice,18th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Terror compensation scheme unveiled for victims abroad – BBC News

“A new scheme to compensate British victims of terrorism abroad has been announced by the government.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Compensation for British victims of overseas terror attacks – The Guardian

“The government has agreed to provide financial help for British victims of terrorist attacks overseas, nearly five years after Tony Blair first promised action.”

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The Guardian, 15th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.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

Craig Sweeney victim’s payout ‘significantly increased’ – BBC News

“A young girl abducted and sexually assaulted by paedophile Craig Sweeney on early release from jail has had her compensation ‘significantly increased’.”

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BBC News, 13th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Horncastle and anotherl; Regina v Marquis and another – WLR Daily

Regina v Horncastle and anotherl; ReginaMarquis and another [2009] UKSC 14; [2009] WLR (D) 358

“Provided the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 were observed, a defendant’s right to a fair trial, guaranteed art 6(3)(d) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998, would not be infringed where his conviction was based solely or to a decisive extent on the written statement of an absent witness.”

WLR Daily, 10th December 2009

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.

Failed by police – the woman whose rape complaint was lost in pile of paperwork – The Guardian

“A police force has admitted failing a woman whose allegation of rape was not investigated because her case notes were left under piles of paperwork on a detective’s desk, the Guardian has learned. In the first known case of its kind in the UK, the woman launched legal proceedings against Cambridgeshire police, claiming its lack of action had breached her human rights, after she discovered the rape had not been recorded as a crime.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police ignore rape allegations if victim has been drinking, says Sara Payne – The Guardian

“Police officers are still refusing to take complaints of rape seriously if the victims come from ‘the wrong part of town’, if they have been drinking or if they have made previous allegations, according to a report by Sara Payne, the national victims’ champion.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Review of rape review victims’ experiences welcomed – Home Office

“A review of rape victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system, published today, has been welcomed by the Home Secretary Alan Johnson.”

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Home Office, 25th November 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Brown delays action on compensating British victims of terror attacks abroad – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown made a last-minute U-turn on a promise to compensate British victims of terrorism abroad in the Queen’s speech after being told the Murdoch press might mount a similar campaign for injured soldiers, the Guardian has learned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judges follow sentence guidelines – BBC News

“Following the detention of a teenager who kidnapped and raped a five-year-old boy, eight days after avoiding custody for another child rape, the BBC investigates the sentencing process.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Revealed: Government’s ‘heartless’ treatment of forced marriage victims – The Independent

“British citizens who have been forced into marriages overseas are being asked to cover the costs of their repatriation to the UK, The Independent has learnt.”

Full story

The Independent, 9th November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Attorney General encourages prosecutors to explain sentences and issues revised guidance on pleas and sentencing – Attorney General’s Office

“Victims and their families should fully understand what a sentence means in practice, and CPS prosecutors can play a key role in explaining, the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, said today.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 5th November 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Redefining justice: addressing the individual needs of victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

“An independent study by Victims’ Champion Sara Payne of how frontline services meet the needs of victims and witnesses.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 4th November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Victims’ commissioner, Sara Payne, calls for major law and order reform in first report – Sunday Telegraph

“Mrs Payne will argue for a new Victims’ Service to support vulnerable people targeted by thugs and criminals. She has already won the backing of the Government.”

Full story

The Sunday Telegraph, 1st November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

British victims of terror attacks abroad to receive payouts – The Guardian

“A young London man facing life in a wheelchair after being injured in last year’s terrorist attack in Mumbai is finally going to get financial support after a dramatic turnaround in government policy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New support for crime victims – Daily Telegraph

“Jack Straw will today pledge to put victims first in the criminal justice system as he launches the country’s first national programme to support them.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Stalking victims let down by police – The Independent

“Victims of stalking have been let down by the police in the past, a senior officer said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 28th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Rape victims treatment reviewed – BBC News

“A review of the treatment of rape victims by the police and other agencies in England and Wales has been ordered by ministers.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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