More support for victims of domestic abuse announced

Victims who are homeless due to domestic abuse will be prioritised for accommodation from their council it has been announced Under the government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Act councils will have to find accommodation for people made homeless through domestic abuse, helping to ensure victims do not remain with their abuser for fear of not having a roof

New laws to protect victims added to Domestic Abuse Bill

New amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill providing greater protections for victims are bing announced. The proposals include making non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, punishable by up to five years in prison. The act typically involves an abuser strangling or intentionally affecting their victim’s breathing in an attempt to control or intimidate them. Today’s

‘Divorce boom’ forecast

Citizens Advice has warned that the coronavirus is creating an “enormous strain” on relationships. Citizens Advice said divorce guidance searches had increased since April after a drop in visits when lockdown started. Citizens Advice said views on its divorce webpage on the first September weekend had risen by 25% in comparison to the same date

Family case came before 15 judges

The Court of Appeal has revealed a family case involving allegations of controlling and coercive behaviour came before at least 15 judges. According to the Law Gazette, in R v P (Children: Similar Fact Evidence), the court set aside a case management decision to exclude evidence in family proceedings ahead of a fact-finding hearing. The Law