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Met cracks down on domestic violence

The Metropolitan Police Service has carried out an operation to help victims of domestic violence by targeting known domestic abusers.

Police given new guidance to disclose a history of violence

The home secretary has announced that police forces in Greater Manchester, Gwent, Nottinghamshire and Wiltshire are to pilot a new domestic violence disclosure scheme (DVDS).

Help for doctors in responding to domestic abuse

Victims of domestic violence will have an additional source of help when new domestic abuse guidance for general practices is released this June.

New offence strengthens child protection laws

A new law is now in force to tackle cases of causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child or vulnerable adult. The offence, part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012, came into effect on Monday.

Report calls for more action on domestic abuse

A new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice has called for a widening of the offence of domestic abuse to include cruel mind games.

Calls for joined-up response to domestic violence

Women’s Aid is calling for a joined-up response to domestic violence from police, schools, and Government in response to the Home Secretary’s demand that police forces improve the way they deal with abuse.

Link between World Cup football and domestic violence

A study from Lancaster University has found evidence of a link between England’s World Cup football matches and incidences of domestic violence.

Charity tentatively welcomes victims’ code

Women’s Aid has welcomed the news that domestic violence will be considered ‘one of the most serious crimes’ under the newly released Victims’ Code, but warns that police responses to domestic violence are still failing women in many areas.

Clare’s Law to be rolled out nationally

Clare's Law – a scheme allowing police to disclose details of an abusive partners’ past – is to be rolled out across England and Wales.

Help for Commissioners of Domestic Violence Services

Two domestic violence charities have highlighted that local public sector commissioners of services for domestic violence victims are facing a more difficult decision making process because of financial cutbacks.

Frontline Domestic Violence Professionals Demand Law Change

Pressure is increasing on Government to criminalise coercive control, psychological harm, and patterns of abusive behaviour, following a survey released by the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign.

Charity Campaigns over Loss of Domestic Violence Refuges

Domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has launched an SOS campaign, calling on the Government to commit to a national funding solution for specialist refuges for women survivors of domestic violence.

Survey Reveals Shocking Extent of Domestic Violence

A recent survey conducted by YouGov has revealed that as many as one in three women in Britain have been the victim of domestic violence.

Charity Calls On Politicians for Domestic Violence Commitment

Domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has called on all politicians to commit to answering the charity’s SOS campaign call for specialist refuges.

Warning over ‘Misuse’ of Domestic Violence Defence

Amendments made by the Government to criminalise coercive and controlling patterns of behaviour and psychological abuse in relationships have been welcomed by domestic violence charity, Women’s Aid. However, the charity has warned that the defence included in the offence could too easily be manipulated by perpetrators.

Support for Women Facing the Threat of Domestic Violence

The Government has announced funding of £10 million to help support refuges across the country and boost provision for vulnerable victims of domestic violence and their families.

The Hidden Depths of Financial Abuse

The hidden misery of women trapped in financially abusive relationships has been revealed in a recent report by the TUC and Women’s Aid. According to the report, many of these women are trapped in poverty without any access to money for essentials, emergencies or for their children.

Link Between Domestic Violence and Mental Health Problems

A recent study has found that men visiting their GP with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to have experienced or carried out some form of behaviour linked to domestic violence and abuse.

Financial Abuse goes “Under the Radar”

Just two in five UK adults are aware that domestic abuse can include a financial element, according to recent research from Citizens Advice.

Family Unsure How to Help Domestic Abuse Victims

Just under a third of people in Britain know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, but most do not feel equipped to help them, new findings from Citizens Advice have revealed.

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