domestic abuse

£700,000 funding boost will help SW councils support domestic abuse victims

South West councils are to receive a total of £700,000 to help them prepare for the introduction of landmark legislation that will ensure domestic abuse victims and their families get the vital help they need.

The funding was announced today by Kelly Tolhurst, the Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.

Thousands more people are expected to be helped from April 2021 when...

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Soap domestic abuse storylines 'all too real' says family lawyer

With the return of soaps, two storylines in particular have highlighted the plight of those subjected to domestic abuse, says Exeter lawyer Amy Langford.

Last week the Eastenders domestic abuse plot came to a dramatic and tragic end as Chantelle tried to leave abuser Gray, resulting in her death after he walked away from her injury rather than call an ambulance. The plotline may seem...

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New report drills down into failings of family justice system

Lawyers from The Family Law Company have welcomed the findings of a new report which looks at how the family justice system responds to allegations of domestic abuse and what must be done to ensure consistency.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the 216-page report "Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases" draws on evidence presented in over 1...

Stand up to domestic abuse

The Safer Cornwall Partnership has launched a campaign in partnership with the South West based charity First Light and Pirate FM urging people to stand up to domestic abuse.

A series of adverts on Pirate FM is reinforcing the message that domestic abuse is not acceptable. Further information is now available on a special web page on Pirate FM’s site

Police urge public to report domestic abuse

Devon and Cornwall Police is launching a campaign designed to raise awareness of how domestic abuse can affect anyone and takes many forms.

The campaign will highlight the fact that domestic abuse can happen to anyone, at any age, in any kind of relationship. This phase will be highlighting the fact that domestic abuse can happen among groups such as the elderly, the disabled and same...

Domestic abuse and drink drive fears as Euro 2016 looms

Devon & Cornwall and Dorset police today warned that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated as Euro 2016 gets underway in June.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland will take part in the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France. The competition begins on the 10th June and will run until 10th July.

This is the first time that three home nations have made a major competition...

Plymouth gets funding to improve access to domestic abuse services

Plymouth City Council is receiving almost £50,000 from a government grant to enable victims of domestic abuse to get access to the support they need.

The funding will be used in Plymouth to help victims in local Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities – who make up 7% of the local population - to access domestic abuse victim support services. It is part of a wider £3.5m national...

Domestic abuse warning on Valentine's weekend

Devon and Cornwall Police are reminding people that domestic abuse can happen to anyone and although Valentine’s Day is associated with love and romance, for some, it can prove a traumatic time of year.

The Force is running its ‘Is This Love?’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of the different aspects of abuse – emotional, financial, physical, and sexual.

Domestic abuse is...

Domestic abuse campaign takes to the streets

This week sees Devon and Cornwall Police’s domestic abuse ‘Shatters Lives’ campaign going out onto the streets targetting Christmas shoppers across the region. The campaign was launched with domestic abuse partners at the end of November and runs throughout the Christmas period, when incidences of abuse are traditionally higher.

Nineteen dancers, from the Big Dance Company in Cornwall...

Trust supports domestic violence campaign

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is showing its support to ADVA (Against Domestic Violence and Abuse) across Devon during Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

This year’s campaign is ‘Is This Safe?’, which focuses on the growing problem of cyber-stalking and its link with domestic abuse.

The aim of the campaign is to make people aware of the potential risks inherent in our use of the...