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The director of public prosecutions has pledged to apologise over failures in 47 rape and serious sexual offence cases where vital evidence was withheld from defence lawyers. Alison Saunders was quizzed by MPs over the prosecutions that were stopped after issues were found with disclosure. A national review was launched…
Ministers have been urged to stump up more cash to help victims of child abuse rebuild their lives. Labour MP Sarah Champion, who has campaigned for victims of abuse in Rotherham, pushed the Government to bring forward new measures to provide more support. The number of potential victims of child…
Girls and women in their late teens and early twenties are significantly more likely to suffer abuse at the hands of a current or former partner than those in older age groups, official statistics show. Females who are bisexual, from the poorest households or suffering from a long-term illness also…
The sister of a convicted sex offender has been found guilty of posting the names of his victims online. Sophie Turner, 19, of Old Swan, Liverpool, was found guilty at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday of two counts of publishing the names of victims of a sexual offence and two…
The Government has formally unveiled a long-delayed consultation on proposals to deal with the toxic legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles, amid a political row over the exclusion of an amnesty for security force members.The four-month public consultation will seek to canvass views on a series of new mechanisms to…
Stalkers could be made to wear electronic tags and their victims would receive message alerts when offenders are nearby, police have said.The new initiatives were unveiled for London as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick admitted the force had failed stalking victims in the past.The number of stalking cases dealt with…
New laws to ensure victims of domestic violence will have access to social housing when they flee their abuser have been backed by MPs. The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill protects lifetime tenancies for those who flee their home because of domestic abuse, whether they apply for rehousing…
Victims of domestic violence who claim Universal Credit can find themselves in thousands of pounds of rent arrears if their abuser leaves their home and the payment is split, an MP has said. Labour MP Ruth George said a lot of social housing providers were concerned about the provision in…
The Duchess of Cornwall has urged people to continue talking about domestic abuse following a visit to a charity which focuses on refuge housing for victims. Camilla was given a brief tour of the children's reception and shared kitchen at VIFILL SOS Femme in Lyon on Tuesday. At the end…
Writer Germaine Greer has said it is disturbing that the sort of female victimhood seen across the media in the #MeToo campaign sells to women. The feminist author, 79, said the prevalence of images of women standing up and saying they had been harassed is a "straightforward capitulation to market…
Fewer than one out of every four defendants accused of rape in Northern Ireland was convicted last year, new figures indicate. The 23.4% conviction rate last year was down slightly on the 25.7% recorded in 2015/16, according to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), which has released a specific breakdown of…
New practical guidance for universities to tackle gender-based violence on campus has been published. Guidance and training for staff, better data collection and well-publicised support information for students are some of the recommendations set out in the toolkit, which has been produced by the University of Strathclyde and funded by…
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