domestic violence

Legal protection from domestic violence

The infographic provides an outline of the different types of abuse, the scale of the problem – along with some myths debunked and the legal action which can be taken against the perpetrators. The key message is that there are now many agencies which can support victims of domestic abuse to take legal and practical steps to end their abuse.

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.

Can sobriety bracelets help tackle domestic violence?

The bracelet itself looks like a slightly larger version of a normal electronic tag. The sensor on the tag has to be next to bare skin because the “transdermal” technology works by analysing perspiration. When alcohol is consumed, approximately 1% is not metabolised but is excreted through the skin via perspiration.

Domestic violence & community safety Helen Grimbleby (@crimematters) on why she tweets (WIT#9)

00000Helen Grimbleby, @Crimematters, is a community safety and domestic violence specialist with a well established and keenly followed blog.   Tweets by @crimematters Why I Tweet “That sounds interesting”, I thought when asked by Russell to write on why I Tweet. So, I sat down in front of my blank screen and asked myself the question. My first response “I dunno actually why do I tweet?” didn’t make for an encouraging start! I realised that …

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Don’t delay! Post 999

00000The recent publicity campaigns promoting the new 101 Police telephone number have all been at pains to emphasise that the number should not be used in an emergency. But 999 (911 in the USA, 000 in Australia) is not the only way to contact Police in an emergency. Indeed, the US Government has started to put in a place a system which allows members of the public to text or send multi-media messages to call …

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