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A drug user who brutally murdered his partner by beating her to death with a metal pole before "obliterating" her remains and disposing of them in bins and a toilet has been jailed for at least 28 years. Dean Lowe (pictured) denied harming Kirby Noden despite admitting to family members…
A High Court judge has taken steps aimed at protecting a youth who may be at risk of gang violence after talking to police. Mr Justice Williams has made the teenager a ward of court, a move which gives a judge overall parental control. He heard that the youth had…
A drug user who claimed his girlfriend was alive and living in South Africa after he beat her to death and then chopped up her body and disposed of it in dustbins and down a toilet has been found guilty of murder.Dean Lowe is facing life in prison after using…
Tougher penalties for people who attack emergency workers have moved a step closer after MPs unanimously supported measures designed to "protect the protectors". Labour former minister Chris Bryant's proposed legislation creates a new offence for assaulting an emergency worker with a maximum penalty of 12 month in jail, which covers…
New practical guidance for universities to tackle gender-based violence on campus has been published. Guidance and training for staff, better data collection and well-publicised support information for students are some of the recommendations set out in the toolkit, which has been produced by the University of Strathclyde and funded by…
Physical assaults on health workers including nurses and ambulance crews have increased as staff shortages create a "hostile" environment, a new study shows. Research for Unison revealed a near-10% rise in England last year, with a "staggering" 21% increase in hospitals with an A&E department. There were 56,435 assaults in…
Social media companies have been warned they must no longer be "passive hosts" in the fight to tackle surging levels of violence. Ministers told firms that the status quo "cannot continue" as they unveiled a blueprint for making Britain's streets safe following a spate of killings. Home Secretary Amber Rudd…
Big Issue founder Lord Bird has admitted to beating his father after finding him pouring hot water over his mother. In a debate on domestic abuse, Lord Bird said that at the age of 18 when he came home from boys' prison he discovered his father pouring a kettle of…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) has launched a survey to examine the extent to which social workers in Northern Ireland have been subjected to intimidation, threats or violence while in practice, and to explore the impact of any incidents they have experienced. Speaking about the research Carolyn…
The British Government should urgently introduce measures addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland's violent past, Amnesty International said. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is to consult on mechanisms for investigating historic wrongdoing envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement between the main parties following the collapse of powersharing talks. Amnesty said…
Margot Robbie has defended the portrayal of domestic violence in her new film, saying that to water it down would be a "disservice" to victims. The Oscar-nominated actress stars in a biopic of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who was banned from the sport after an attack on her fellow…
Violence against women and girls is endemic, with widespread cases of harassment at work or public places, according to a new report. The Fawcett Society claimed the legal system was failing women, and needed fundamental reform. Research for the campaign group found that half of women had suffered sexual harassment…
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