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A pensioner who repeatedly stabbed a member of staff at a care home has pleaded guilty to her attempted murder. Fred Butcher was charged following the "unprovoked attack" involving a knife at the residential home in Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent, on January 26. The 79-year-old entered his plea at Maidstone…
Proposals to tackle violence against women have moved a step closer to becoming law after peers gave their unanimous support. SNP-sponsored legislation aimed at forcing the Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention, which places legal obligations on the state to tackle sexual violence and domestic abuse, received an unopposed second…
Some patients feel entitled to attack and verbally abuse NHS staff because they have paid their taxes, MPs have heard. Conservative Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere) called for tougher powers to punish people who attack NHS workers, saying he had been "inundated" with examples of aggression towards nurses and doctors who have…
Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh has said that playing a sexual assault victim in Broadchurch forced her to confront her own prejudices about who the crime can happen to. The former Coronation Street star appears in the third series of the ITV crime drama which features David Tennant and Olivia Colman as…
Suicides, assaults and self-harm in prisons have all reached new record levels, new figures reveal. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and Wales last year, including 119 which were apparently self-inflicted. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23% to 37,784, while there were 25,049 assaults in the 12 months to…
A new film has been launched to help health workers, hairdressers, firefighters and vets spot the signs of domestic abuse. The Harder video aims to raise awareness among professionals about identifying domestic abuse and providing advice during appointments such as a haircut or dental check-up. More than 2,300 workers have…
The trauma suffered by Ealing vicarage rape victim Jill Saward along with her heartfelt campaign against sexual violence must have had a terrible impact, her boyfriend at the time has said. David Kerr says he is "distraught over Jill's death so young". The 51-year-old died after suffering a stroke earlier…
Almost 80% of people sleeping rough were attacked or suffered abuse or anti-social behaviour over the past year, a homelessness charity said. As Crisis opens its centres to thousands of homeless people across the country this Christmas, the charity said two thirds of people felt that living on the streets…
The Government is being urged to set up an inquiry into the increasing number of violent assaults against health workers. Unison said incidents had jumped by a fifth in England over the past five years, describing the situation as "completely unacceptable". The union said latest figures showed the number of…
More than 70 MPs have written to the Prime Minister urging her to immediately ratify the Istanbul Convention which aims to end violence against women. It comes as the Commons debated a motion marking the UN International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women. The letter, organised by Labour…
More than 40,000 violent assaults against public service workers in Scotland have been recorded in the past decade, according to a survey. Unison's annual Violence at Work Survey 2016 launched on Friday showing a rise of 20,000 to 40,000 violent assaults against public service and local authority workers in the…
The first year of a scheme to let people find out if their partner has a history of domestic abuse has seen police receive more than 1,000 requests for information. The initiative, known as Clare's Law, was rolled out across Scotland on October 1 last year following a trial period…
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