Victoria Atkins MP: ‘There will be no reduction in refuge bed spaces’
Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins discusses domestic violence.
Domestic violence consultation launched
It is International Women’s Day and the government has chosen it to launch a consultation on domestic violence, which it describes as a “once in a generation opportunity ” to help stamp out abuse. Among its proposals, a move to put a greater focus on emotional and psychological abuse as well as physical violence. The…
Women turned away from cash-strapped refuges
Domestic violence shatters lives, yet more than 1,000 women have been turned away from refuges since the start of this year, according to new figures. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has also found that cash-strapped councils have cut their funding for domestic violence shelters by almost a quarter since 2010, leaving many vulnerable women with nowhere to go.…
A safer 999?
The police watchdog, the IPCC, has recommended that a key feature of the 999 emergency call system does need urgently reviewing, in the wake of the murder of a woman from Plymouth.
Thousands of children affected by domestic abuse
Parliamentary figures which disclose that more than 75 thousand children in England have been flagged by social workers as living in the shadow of domestic violence. I’ve been to meet one mother and her two teenage daughters who lived with abuse for eight years.
Violence Against Women bill: survivor hails ‘historic’ move
A landmark bill aimed at tackling violence against women is passed into law in Wales – requiring local authorities to improve support for victims.
NHS ‘must do more’ to protect domestic abuse victims
Too often the NHS is missing opportunities to stop domestic abuse, according to a damning report due to be published on Wednesday and shown to Channel 4 News.
Emotional abuse ‘set to become a criminal offence’
Theresa May is expected to unveil plans to make psychological and emotional abuse a criminal offence with a lengthy prison term, according to reports.
#SOSvigil at Downing Street calls for refuges to be ‘saved’
A vigil calling on MPs to protect domestic violence refuges is held at Downing Street, as new figures reveal women’s refuges are being forced to turn away a third of referrals due to cuts.
Alibhai-Brown rejects Fabricant’s ‘weasely’ apology
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown calls for Michael Fabricant to lose the Tory whip after he tweeted about punching her in the throat. But James Delingpole says he wishes more MPs were like Fabricant.
Police fail woman attacked with hammer by convicted rapist
A woman smashed repeatedly in the face with a claw hammer by her convicted rapist partner, out on licence from prison, was “let down” by South Wales Police, a report seen by Channel 4 News has found.
FactCheck Q&A: are we really getting less violent?
Are we getting less violent as a nation – or even as a species? And is it a coincidence that we are drinking less booze? FactCheck investigates.
Campaigners demand apology over ‘victim blaming’
Anti-domestic violence campaigners are demanding an apology from one of Britain’s best-selling regional newspapers over an article they say blames victims of domestic violence for their own abuse.
Police response to domestic violence often ‘left to chance’
Inspectors find “alarming and unacceptable weaknesses” in the investigation of domestic abuse cases in England and Wales and say only eight out of 43 forces respond well.
‘Right to know’ about partner’s violent past becomes UK law
Clare’s Law, which gives people gives people the right to know if a partner has a history of domestic violence, is rolled out to police forces across England and Wales following a successful test.