Mrs Justice Pauffley has refused to permit the publication of a 2014 judgment concerning the death of six-year-old Ellie Butler, on the grounds that releasing the document could prejudice a potential retrial. The child’s father, Ben Butler, was convicted of her murder and jailed for life last week. Ben Butler, who had a history of... Read More
Can I get a restraining order? In the UK, only the criminal courts can make a restraining order, usually after a person has been on trial for an offence involving harassment or violence. The family court can, however make similar orders, known as non-molestation and occupation orders. What is a non-molestation order? A... Read More
Of all the countries in South America, Bolivia has the highest rate of inter-partner violence, with over 50% of women having reported physical or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. Now, a change in the law is seeking to keep the perpetrators of such violence away from public office. Earlier this week it was announced that men... Read More
Bolivia has the highest rate of inter-partner violence in South America, with more than 50% of women having reported physical or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. Now, a change in the law is seeking to keep the perpetrators of such violence away from public office. Earlier this week it was announced that men who wish to run... Read More
A bill that would have at last added domestic violence as grounds for divorce in Mississippi died in the state senate earlier this month, leaving anti-abuse campaigners reeling. Republican Senator Sally Doty proposed Senate Bill 2418 back in February, which would have made domestic violence the thirteenth legal justification for divorce in... Read More
Last week, the Information Commissioner fined the Chief Constable of Kent Police under s.55A of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998), after an investigation revealed that Kent Police were in contravention of the ‘seventh protection principle,’ disclosing sensitive and personal information from a victim’s mobile phone to the... Read More
A new domestic violence hotline in Saudi Arabia received 1,890 calls in its first three days, reports Abdullah Al-Muaiqil, the deputy minister for social affairs. Half of those domestic abuse allegations concerned new cases. Saudi Arabia only criminalized domestic abuse in 2013, after a “No More Abuse” campaign that featured a... Read More
A survey from the Office for National Statistics estimates that there were 1.9 million victims of domestic abuse last year in England and Wales, or 6.1 per cent of the population. For the purposes of the survey, forms of domestic abuse constitute emotional, financial or physical assault carried out by a partner, ex-partner or... Read More
Earlier this week, I wrote a piece on the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) on victims of domestic violence. As set out in my previous blog, LASPO removed legal aid in practically all family law cases except for victims of domestic violence. On the surface, this looked like a sensible... Read More
After the gang rape and subsequent death of a 24-year-old student in India in December 2012, the unprecedented public outcry put pressure on the government to reform the laws concerned with sexual assault. 'Delhi was the epicentre for the movement, but it was happening everywhere,' Karuna Nundy, a prominent Supreme Court... Read More
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