Domestic abuse victim to go into hiding as ex freed after six months
The Guardian – 29 July
Abigail Blake, who was left permanently disabled by her ex-partner in 2017, has called for increased support and guidance for victims of domestic abuse. Her partner was charged with GBH and sentenced to between 20 months and three years in prison, but will be released after six months.
Annual FGM statistics released
Family Law Week – 27 July
Statistics released by NHS Digital revealed that there were 6,415 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified in the period April 2018 to March 2019. Following the release of these figures, the Local Government Association has called for renewal of the National FGM Centre’s funding.
A shocking picture of domestic abuse in rural Britain
Marilyn Stowe Blog – 25 July
A report published by the National Rural Crime Network has painted a ‘shocking picture’ of the issue of domestic abuse in rural areas. According to the report, abuse lasts, on average, 25 per cent longer in the most rural areas and the more rural the setting, the higher the risk of harm.
Rise in knives and blades found at London family courts
BBC News – 20 July
The Ministry of Justice has revealed that thousands of knives and sharp objects are being confiscated annually at London family courts. The number of weapons with short blades has continued to rise steadily year after year, but there has been a sharp increase in the number of weapons with blades longer than 8cm.