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An £825,000 training scheme will help police officers across Scotland deal with some of the more “insidious and damaging” forms of domestic abuse, the Justice Secretary said.Humza Yousaf (pictured) spoke out as Police Scotland began preparing more than 14,000 officers and staff for the introduction in 2019 of new legislation…
Two free conferences to help practitioners who work with or come into contact with older people who experience abuse are set to take place next February. The conferences aim to raise awareness of, and help practitioners share good practice about, supporting the rights and choices of older people who experience…
The "traumatic" impact of psychological abuse and controlling behaviour is being highlighted in two videos by the Metropolitan Police as part of a campaign to get more victims to seek help.The force has produced two short films shining a spotlight on both physical and psychological domestic abuse.The films show a…
Domestic abuse incidents recorded by police in Scotland have risen in the past year but the Justice Secretary says he is confident new laws will help tackle the crime.A total of 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded in 2017-18, according to Scotland’s chief statistician, an annual increase of 1%.In…
An action plan to tackle violence against women in Scotland is to be expanded.The Equally Safe strategy launched last year included measures to teach school children the importance of consent and healthy relationships.Now as part of a United Nations campaign of 16 days of activism around violence against women, the…
The Department of Health and Department of Justice in Northern Ireland have published new Guidance on how employers can increase awareness and respond more effectively to domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The Guidance was launched at an event in Belfast City Hall attended by trade unions and statutory, voluntary…
Addressing childhood adversity and trauma should be a national public health priority, Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said action was needed because around half of adults in England had endured Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).He said ACEs include verbal and physical abuse, emotional neglect, household domestic violence and substance…
Doctors, nurses and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage cases under plans being considered by the Government.Ministers are weighing up the possibility of introducing a mandatory reporting duty to boost efforts to tackle the "hidden crime".A Home Office consultation paper published on Thursday seeks views…
A pharmacist accused of murdering his wife hoped to cash in a £2 million life insurance policy and set up a new life in Australia with the man he really loved, jurors were told.Mitesh Patel, 37, owned and ran a chemists with his wife Jessica (pictured), 34, who was strangled…
An electrical engineer has been jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 29 years in prison for murdering his wife and 11-year-old stepdaughter in an episode of "wanton savagery".Christopher Boon, 28, stabbed wife Laura Mortimer and her daughter Ella Dalby multiple times in the kitchen of their home…
A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a midwife in a bout of "intense rage" after having a "long-standing affair" with her, a court heard.The body of 28-year-old Samantha Eastwood was discovered in a shallow grave in a rural area near Caverswall, Staffordshire, in August, wrapped in a duvet, with…
Serial stalkers and domestic abusers should be placed on a new national register and monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, according to a Commons report.MPs backed calls for a strengthened regime to ensure greater protection for victims who live in fear of their tormentors.The Commons Home Affairs…
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