From the 8th of January, changes have come into effect which have improved the availability of legal aid to victims of domestic violence. The time limit of 5 years in which to submit abuse evidence has been scrapped. This limit previously only allowed victims of domestic violence to apply for legal aid if they could…

Many of us, when first entering into a relationship, could never imagine a dark cloud of abuse descending on it. However, statistics on domestic show just how widespread the situation is. The truth is that domestic abuse is at crisis level, with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing some form of…

Education, not penalties, to tackle domestic violence? Domestic violence is best tackled through educative programmes rather than through the criminal justice system, according to research carried out by Project Mirabal run by Durham and London Metropolitan Universities. The research revealed that men who attend domestic violence perpetrator programmes (DVPP) change their behaviour which can lead to…

The government is considering introducing a new law on domestic violence which would make nonviolent abuse illegal. The government launched a consultation last month in response to a damning report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published in March. The report critisised the police response to domestic violence, saying that in many areas help and…