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A world-leading expert in violence against women is visiting Orkney and Shetland this week as a charity revealed support workers have seen their caseload almost double. Programmes run by Shetland Women's Aid are full to overflowing but it is in dealing with domestic abuse where they are seeing the biggest…
A rising number of teenage boys were taken to hospital as the result of "very serious" violent attacks at a prison for young offenders, a new report has found. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said prisoners at Cookham Wood Young Offenders' Institution near Rochester, Kent, had used weapons including…
Police will receive specialist advice on how to spot the tell-tale patterns of domestic abuse under new guidance designed to help officers prosecute without having to rely on evidence from victims. Issued by the College of Policing, the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) advises senior officers for the first time about…
Common antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of young people committing violent crimes. A Swedish study found that taking the drugs, known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs,) raised the likelihood of someone aged 15 to 24 being convicted for an act of violence by 43%. No significant…
An elderly man and a middle-aged woman have died after they were stabbed at a sheltered housing complex. A man in his mid-80s and a woman in her mid-50s were attacked at the Fernways complex in Ilford, east London, on Saturday night. They died at the scene. A 50-year-old man…
The Scottish Government's Programme for Government sets out the policies, actions and legislation that it will take forward in 2015-16. It is designed to create "a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and to equip Scotland for the challenges…
A booklet written by a researcher from the University of Bristol with the aim of helping friends and family members to support victims of domestic abuse is being distributed to hundreds of locations across the city. Called ‘It might be nothing, but it could mean everything’, the 20-page booklet was…
Experts in child protection have developed a test designed to help doctors recognise children suffering from life-threatening physical abuse and enable child protection services to protect them from future harm. Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) – sometimes referred to as ‘shaken baby syndrome’ - is the leading cause of death among…
Women and men across Scotland who suspect their partner has an abusive background may now have that information disclosed to them, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland will be rolled out across the country later this year. The First Minister and Chief…
A record number of people in England and Wales are being convicted of violent crimes against women, figures show. There have been increases in the number of successful prosecutions for sexual offences, child sex abuse and domestic violence cases, and honour-based violence, while more people were charged with rape than…
Vulnerable women who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual exploitation or suffer with mental health problems could be given additional support after a near £50 million lottery pledge. The Big Lottery Fund will be helping to finance activities and assistance for women and girls. One in four women will experience…
Undergraduates at a North East university have formed an innovative and unique collaboration with Northumbria Police to help promote awareness of domestic violence in the region. First year media students and third year drama students at the University of Sunderland created four short films that cover financial, emotional, physical and…