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

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

Significant shift: UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers


Reforms aim to end presumption that a father must have contact with a child when there is evidence of domestic abuse  Family court in High Holborn, London. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Written by Sandra Laville Senior judges are taking steps to end the presumption that a father must have contact with a child where there is evidence … Continue reading Significant shift: UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers

Understanding The “LIVED EXPERIENCE” Of Victims


Written by Kudakwashe Nyakudya In as much as many of us want to know the extent of Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) by way of using statistics, it has more weight for this pandemic to be known in terms of the lived experience of adult & child victims. Understanding the lived experience gives knowledge in another dimension, dictating … Continue reading Understanding The “LIVED EXPERIENCE” Of Victims