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A helpline was launched today for victims of revenge porn. The specialist service, run by the South West Grid for Learning charity, aims to offer support to victims of revenge porn in which explicit images or videos are shared online without the subject's consent or knowledge. The helpline, available from…
Victims' commissioner Baroness Newlove, whose husband Garry was killed by a gang vandalising his car, has hit out at police, prosecutors and courts for failing to show compassion when dealing with victims' complaints. In the first of a series of independent reviews, the Victims' Commissioner found that many victims feel…
New research published by Cafcass explores the pre-existing vulnerabilities of victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and the implications for social work practitioners. The research, produced by Cafcass, illustrates that children with pre-existing vulnerabilities derived from their family lives – for example, those with a history of substance abuse or…
More than a quarter of sex offences - including rape - are not recorded as crimes because of "unacceptable failings" by police, a highly critical new report has found. Under-recording of sexual offences was at 26% and the national rate of wrong decisions to cancel crime records for rape was…
Criminal justice agencies, including the courts and police, are to be subjected to in-depth reviews to find out how they treat victims, it has been announced. The reviews have been ordered by Victims Commissioner Baroness Newlove, who aims to lay bare the failings of parts of the criminal justice system…
A single point of contact for victims of crime in Northern Ireland has been launched. The Victim and Witness Care Unit (VWCU) will help 160,000 people a year using 57 case officers and will provide information about the progress of cases and referrals to other services for further support. A…
A pilot scheme which allows victims and witnesses to give evidence ahead of criminal trials starts tomorrow. The most vulnerable people involved in the courts process will be able to give their evidence and be cross-examined away from the intense atmosphere of a live courtroom, in an attempt to spare…
The Northen Ireland Victims' Commissioner is to leave her post for a new role in England – a decision she has described as the most difficult of her career. The announcement of Kathryn Stone's unexpected departure comes just over 18 months after her appointment to the high-profile and politically sensitive…
Campaigners have called for types of psychological abuse to be made a crime in a bid to save more victims of domestic violence. Three groups have urged the Government to criminalise "coercive control", patterns of abusive behaviour and causing psychological harm to make it easier to prove long-running abuse. Coercive…
The First and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland have approved a raft of recommendations from the Victims Commissioner which she believes will greatly speed up support services for survivors of the Troubles. Commissioner Kathryn Stone said yesterday that the First and Deputy First Minister had approved her 55 recommendations…
A report examined whether victims of crime were open to the greater use of community sentences, and if so, how their existing limited confidence in such sentences might be enhanced. Being a victim of crime did not generally lead people to become more punitive towards offenders. Overall the attitudes of…
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