Responding To Domestic Abuse Bill: A Call To Faith Communities


The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, in an attempt to find new and more relevant laws and tougher powers to safeguard and assist adult and child survivors. Its aim is to restructure how this social pandemic has been tackled in all spheres – for a generation. Domestic abuse is a pandemic that … Continue reading Responding To Domestic Abuse Bill: A Call To Faith Communities

Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on domestic abuse


Originally published by the Sentencing Council, 22 February 2018 A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this kind of offending. The guideline identifies the principles relevant to the sentencing of cases involving domestic abuse, outlines how the seriousness of offences should … Continue reading Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on domestic abuse

Tackling DVA In Faith Communities: FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE


The Bishop of Durham – The Rt Revd Paul Butler, addressing conference delegates On the 23rd of November 2017, we hosted an educational conference geared to empowering faith communities to tackle  Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) that occurs in their own  environments. The conference themed “Foundations For The  Future”, was set to lay out a mandate … Continue reading Tackling DVA In Faith Communities: FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence


New rules removing time limit and allowing admission of fresh categories of evidence will come into force in January Victims previously had to provide evidence of abuse within the past five years. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Owen Bowcott Guardian’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Time limits preventing victims of domestic violence from obtaining legal aid for court hearings will be scrapped … Continue reading MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence

Bill published to end cross-examination of domestic violence victims by perpetrators


By Family Law Week, 23 February 2017 The Government has published a Prisons and Courts Bill which, amongst other matters, seeks to put an end to domestic violence victims being cross-examined by their alleged attackers in the family courts, preventing what the Justice Secretary has described as a “humiliating and appalling” practice. This follows an … Continue reading Bill published to end cross-examination of domestic violence victims by perpetrators

Theresa May’s Plans To Transform How Domestic Violence & Abuse Is Tackled


Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act. Originally Published By UK Home Office, 17 February 2017 Theresa May has today announced plans to transform the way we think about and tackle domestic violence and abuse – one of the most … Continue reading Theresa May’s Plans To Transform How Domestic Violence & Abuse Is Tackled