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Violent crime down

Perhaps the most pleasing finding of this ONS report is that the decrease in the number of violent crimes has been influenced more by a fall in repeat victimisation than a fall in one-off victimisation.

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Alcohol & Drugs

Are drugs getting more popular (again)?

This year’s (British) Crime Survey found an increase in the proportion of people using illegal drugs is rising again. This finding is in the context of a steady drop in levels of drug use over the last 15 years and it’s not clear whether the rise is merely a blip or the start of a new upwards trend.

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Do we need a new domestic violence law?

At present, there is no specific offence of domestic abuse outlining that coercive and controlling behaviour in an intimate relationships is criminal. The behaviours are captured in stalking and harassment legislation, but do not explicitly apply to intimate relationships. Some experts have argued that this means the law is ambiguous and perpetrators of domestic abuse are committing criminal acts but not being brought to justice.

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