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Resolution statement on Government amendments to Legal Aid Bill

According to Resolution, the Government has accepted calls to adopt the police’s widely used definition of what constitutes domestic violence (the ACPO definition) in its Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill.

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Fewer domestic violence applications

The latest court statistics released by the Ministry of Justice show that fewer domestic violence applications or domestic violence orders were made between April and June of this year than in the same period last year.

 

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Council of Europe calls for action against domestic violence

Representatives from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the United Nations have called on all 27 member states of the European Union – and the EU itself – to sign up to the ground breaking new Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

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Domestic violence courts to be affected by closure programme

The court closure programme to be implemented by the government as part its cost cutting measures will lead to the closure of a high number of Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVC), reports the Law Society Gazette. According to the Gazette, as many as one in six of the specialist courts could be scheduled for closure.

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Prosecutors and police must protect women in the home

The Director of Public Prosecutions has said that women in England and Wales are still more at risk of crime in their own homes than anywhere else. Speaking at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) headquarters in central London, Keir Starmer QC said domestic violence is a "serious and pernicious" form of crime and that while much progress has been made in prosecuting offenders in recent years, police and prosecutors must do more to tackle it.

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Women’s Aid’s survey reveals impact of cuts

National domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has launched the results of their survey of the effects of the proposed cuts to domestic and sexual violence services.

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