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Rihanna has accused Snapchat of "intentionally" shaming victims of domestic violence and making fun of them. The singer was responding to an advert on the social media platform that asked users to choose if they would rather "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown". Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna in…
Victims of black cab rapist John Worboys begin a High Court challenge against what they describe as the "irrational" decision to release him from jail. Three judges in London will also hear an action against the Parole Board by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Two victims and Mr Khan were given…
The Government would be acting unconstitutionally if it stepped in to pay compensation to abuse victims in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has insisted. The Secretary of State said an intervention on the emotive issue would undermine the terms of 1998 peace agreement. Mrs Bradley has faced criticism for not taking…
Labour has urged ministers to address "the funding crisis" faced by refuges after the Government pledged fresh action to help victims of domestic violence. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said two women were killed by a current or former partner every week, adding that refuge services have "sharply reduced". Home…
Domestic violence victims should be spared having to confront their alleged abusers in court, the Home Secretary has said. Amber Rudd wants to introduce special protections for victims, similar to those already in place for victims of other crimes, such as being able to give evidence behind a screen or…
Victims of the Northern Ireland Troubles are tired of their rights being used as a "bargaining chip" in the push to get a deal at Stormont, a campaigner has said. A number of groups representing relatives bereaved in different fatal incidents have taken to the streets of Belfast to call…
Crimes will be treated as more serious if they are committed in a domestic setting under new sentencing guidelines. People who subject spouses, partners or family members to abuse will face tougher punishments than those who commit similar offences in a non-domestic context. For the first time official guidance for…
Most victims of sexual assault allow the attack to happen, a forensic medical expert has told the rape trial of two Irish rugby players. Janet Hall, who has extensive experience of dealing with the victims of sexual assault, was asked by a prosecution barrister whether the majority resisted. She told…
Police can be held liable for serious failures in their investigations after a landmark Supreme Court ruling linked to the case of black cab rapist John Worboys. The Metropolitan Police lost their challenge against a ruling which led to two of Worboys' victims winning compensation. Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey…
The number of victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham appears to be even higher than the 1,400 figure which sparked a national outrage, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The NCA is conducting a huge investigation in the South Yorkshire town following the revelations in the 2014 Jay…
Margot Robbie has defended the portrayal of domestic violence in her new film, saying that to water it down would be a "disservice" to victims. The Oscar-nominated actress stars in a biopic of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who was banned from the sport after an attack on her fellow…
MSPs have passed a “momentous” new law on domestic abuse. The legislation creates a specific offence of domestic abuse, previously dealt with under various existing laws. Abuse survivors were among those in the public gallery at Holyrood and were applauded by MSPs following the vote. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill…