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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…

Court fees for non-molestation and occupation orders are to be scrapped under new plans to assist victims of domestic violence. The changes have been made under the Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2014/811, which states that the £75 fee for domestic violence injunctions will be abolished on 22nd April this year. More than 20,000 applications…

A scheme has been introduced that allows women to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence. The new scheme will allow police to disclose information to women who request to know if their partner has committed acts of violence in the past. It is hoped that access to this information will…