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Police in Lincolnshire are failing to record thousands of crimes including sexual offences, grievous bodily harm and rape. A watchdog examined records between June 1 and November 30 2017 and estimated that more than 9,400 reported crimes went unrecorded each year, about 18.8% of the total. Overall, the force was…
A rape victim who suffers with post traumatic stress disorder has been denied benefits for "not demonstrating symptoms" at the time of her claim assessment. Labour MP Wes Streeting raised the case at Prime Minister's Questions, telling MPs he saw examples such as this "week in, week out" at his…
Police forces across the country are being asked to record abuse and harassment of women as a hate crime. Campaign groups want constabularies in England and Wales to follow the example of Nottinghamshire Police in expanding the scope of hate crime offending to include misogyny. An open letter co-signed by…
Almost 200 women have had to declare they are rape victims to qualify for additional child tax credits since a controversial welfare reform was introduced, MPs have heard. The SNP's social justice spokesman, Neil Gray, said the benefit changes have had a "devastating" impact on women, as he urged ministers…
Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face training aid or adapted as an online resource and will be made…
More children are being forced to commit crimes including carrying weapons and selling drugs, a leading charity has warned. Barnardo's surveyed its children's service managers across the country and found that 102 out of 174 (59%) had worked with young people involved in crime. Nearly three-quarters of those asked (73…
Terror survivors have called for the creation of a new fund to help attack victims and bereaved families, claiming that the current system is broken. Survivors Against Terror published a report on Monday - highlighting issues of fraud, inefficiency and inequity within the existing funding structures. Founded by survivors and…
A change in the law is being demanded by the Victims' Commissioner to stop victims of domestic violence being cross-examined by their abusers in the family courts. Baroness Newlove (pictured) said the practice enabled abusive partners "to continue their controlling and coercive behaviour in plain sight". Expressing frustration at the…
One in five British festival goers have experienced sexual assault or harassment at an event, according to new research. Campaigners said the figures, believed to be the first of their kind, should be a wake-up call for the industry to start treating sexual violence as seriously as other crimes at…
Safeguarding expert, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), is working with the Church of England to improve how the Church treats people who have been abused or are at risk of harm. SCIE is seeking the views of people with first-hand experience to find out what a good response…
A woman who was sexually abused as a child by her stepfather is challenging a law which means she cannot receive compensation because she lived with her attacker. Under the so-called "same roof" rule, victims who shared a home with their abuser before 1979 are not eligible for a payout.…
A senior barrister who was reprimanded for making "offensive" remarks about a teenage sex abuse victim has lost a High Court bid to clear his name. Howard Godfrey QC said the 16-year-old girl, who had been plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted, was "not unaccustomed" to drinking and was "not…
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