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Researchers at the University of Bristol have received more than £2.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for research that aims to increase the safety and well-being of victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). Reaching Everyone Programme of Research On Violence In diverse Domestic Environments (REPROVIDE)…
A law to permit judges to address the "unenlightened views" of some jurors in sex crime cases and crack down on "revenge porn" has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by MSPs. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson (pictured) noted that…
Calls to the national domestic abuse helpline have soared by nearly a fifth in a year, fuelled in part by a hard-hitting storyline about coercive control in The Archers. Britons have been listening with growing horror as the long-standing character Helen Archer has been psychologically bullied and abused - and…
A "bullying and violent" new bride has been jailed for life after she was convicted of murdering her solicitor husband. Sharon Edwards, 42, stabbed to death criminal defence lawyer David Edwards, 51, at their home in Chorley, Lancashire, just two months after they married in Las Vegas. Jailing her at…
Trainee doctors should be taught to recognise the signs of "gender-based violence" against women such as domestic abuse, sexual violence and forced marriage, the Chief Medical Officer has said in a report. While men are more likely to be affected overall by violence, women are more likely to be affected…
Equally Safe is a new blog from the Scottish Government which aims to provide information and updates on some of the work happening across Scotland to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. Equally Safe is the framework which guides this work. Equally Safe states that Violence Against Women…
Only 3 in 5 people in Scotland think a woman is not at all to blame for being raped if she wears revealing clothing (58%) or is very drunk (60%), new findings from ScotCen Social Research’s Scottish Social Attitudes survey reveal. The report on attitudes towards violence against women, commissioned…
Television camera crews have been granted access to one of the country's busiest hospitals to highlight some of the tens of thousands of assaults committed against NHS staff each year. Footage set to be broadcast by the Channel 5 documentary - A&E: When Patients Attack - shows staff being spat…
An expert board tasked with combatting violence against women and gender inequality has met for the first time this week. In a significant step in taking forward the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling violence against women and girls, the Violence Against Women and Girls Joint Strategic Board (JSB) represents 16…
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has issued a call for written evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill, introduced into the Scottish Parliament on 8 October, aims to prevent abuse, harassment or sexual harm in a number of ways, via…
A study led by the University of Bristol, in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire, found many GPs and practice nurses are uncertain how to manage consultations involving children exposed to domestic violence. The research has led to the development of a new training programme for clinicians dealing with some…
Two men have been arrested in connection with two of three sexual assaults in Cardiff in just five days. Police were called to the Gorsedd Gardens in the Welsh capital's civic centre at around 4.30am today after a 19-year-old woman was attacked in the latest incident. The attack comes during…
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