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The Independent: Returning soldiers ‘more likely to commit violent crimes at home if they witnessed traumatic events in combat’

Study of nearly 14,000 military personnel finds 20% of young soldiers had violence conviction Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to commit violent crimes at home if they have witnessed traumatic events during active combat, according to the first detailed study into violent offending in the military. An investigation of nearly 14,000 military personnel found that about...

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the guardian: False allegations of rape and domestic violence are few and far between

Our new report shows that while false allegations must be taken seriously they are relatively rare and are often complex cases The Crown Prosecution Service has come a long way in dealing with cases involving violence against women and girls. In the last year (2011-12) we have seen the conviction rate rise to 73%, delivering the lowest attrition rates ever recorded. The CPS has now published a...

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Daily Mail: Battered for wearing an ugly cardigan: Young woman whose boyfriend beat her for two years shares her terrifying ordeal

Nikki Howes started a relationship with ‘charming’ David when she was 18 and had no idea of the monster he would become He would drink excessively and violently attack her Abuse would be prompted by smallest thing such as what clothes she wore He would always beg for forgiveness and she had nobody to turn to After more than two years, she eventually escaped after calling her father...

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Appeal court extends jail term of man who filmed rape on iPad

Judges rule Hesam Khosravi’s six-year sentence was unduly lenient and increase it to 11 years Appeal judges have almost doubled the jail sentence of a man who filmed himself raping a woman on his iPad. The judges agreed with the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, that the original term imposed on Hesam Khosravi at Minshull crown court in Manchester in January was unduly lenient, and...

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Philpotts case a ‘classic example of domestic violence’

Mick Philpott has been jailed for life for killing six children in a house fire in Derby by a judge who said his relationships were marked by “control, aggression and fear”. The behaviour exposed during his trial was a “classic example of domestic violence”, says one expert. “Women were your chattels, there to look after you and your children. You bark orders and...

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Domestic violence task and finish group launched

A domestic violence task and finish group has been set up to support health visitors to be better equipped to recognise and better respond to issues of domestic violence The group’s launch is another expression of the commitment made within the ‘Call to action’ health visitor implementation plan and the ‘One year on – health visitor implementation progress report’. The group is tasked...

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Rape investigations ‘undermined by belief that false accusations are rife’

DPP says study shows false allegations of rape and domestic violence are rarer than many believe A “misplaced belief” that false accusations of rape or domestic violence are commonplace may be undermining police and prosecutors’ efforts to investigate such crimes, the director of public prosecutions has warned. Keir Starmer QC, speaking as he published a study showing there were...

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Eystna Blunnie murder: Tony McLernon jailed

An ‘evil’ man has been jailed for life for the murder of his heavily pregnant former fiancee and causing the death of their unborn baby. Tony McLernon “lured” 20-year-old Eystna Blunnie to her death in Harlow, Essex, on 27 June last year. He kicked and stamped on her, leaving her for dead in the middle of the road, Chelmsford Crown Court heard. McLernon, 24, of North...

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It is time for girls to ‘toughen up’ on sexual harassment and schools must teach them how

The former Lib Dem spin doctor Jo Phillips caused controversy with her remarks, but there’s nothing “victim-blaming” about teaching girls techniques to deal with sexism On February 14th, people around the world gathered to mark the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women and girls. That same day, on a rather smaller scale, my niece celebrated her thirteenth...

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Women’s awareness of what constitutes domestic violence ‘shockingly low’, say campaigners

More than half do not know if excessive jealousy counts Two women killed by current or former partners every day Singer Alesha Dixon leads march to Houses of Parliament to call for action Many women do not understand what constitutes domestic violence and awareness of the issue is ‘shockingly low’, new research has revealed. More than half of 2,000 women aged 16-55 either disagreed or...

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The Guardian: Domestic violence workshops are helping to change teenage behaviour

Sexual abuse and teenage girls are in the news, which makes the work of the domestic violence charity Tender even more relevant A group of teenagers is looking at a series of photocopied photographs – a girl crying, an angry looking boy, a lost set of keys – and working them into a story about how violence might flare up between a couple. Rahsaan Fleming, 14, says he has heard his friends use...

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Convicted sex offender must serve 37 years for Catherine Gowing murder

Clive Sharp, who had previous convictions for attacks on women, is jailed for life for rape and murder of Irish vet A convicted sex offender who admitted harbouring fantasies about imprisoning and killing women has been jailed for life for the horrific rape and murder of a vet. Clive Sharp, 46, crept into Catherine Gowing’s home in the middle of the night, tied her to the bed and repeatedly...

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Eystna Blunnie murder case: Tony McLernon ‘beat’ pregnant ex-girlfriend

A heavily-pregnant woman was lured to a “brutal” death by her ex-boyfriend, a court has heard. Eystna Blunnie, 20, was found with fatal head injuries near her home in Howard Way, Harlow, Essex, on 27 June. Chelmsford Crown Court heard she had been in an abusive relationship with 24-year-old Tony McLernon. Ms Blunnie agreed to meet Mr McLernon after he sent her a text telling the...

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Missed calls for help: the scandal of domestic violence

Victims of domestic violence call 999 again and again, yet few offences end in conviction. Something must be done Somewhere, somehow, the work to end violence against women lost momentum. Despite the improvements made over decades in tackling domestic and sexual violence, the scale of the problem remains shocking. Repeat violence is worryingly high, and there is a risk that we are taking progress...

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Drunk or flirty women who are attacked do not ‘ask for it’

After a limited debate in the House of Lords and a disastrous tweet by Daybreak, Dr Brooke Magnanti sets out to try and put an end to the warped idea that women are somehow to blame for being attacked. Last week in the House of Lords, a discussion on violence against women was derailed by the Bishop of Worcester plugging the child sexualisation report authored by Reg Bailey for the Government...

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I was raped when I was a student claims Mary Beard: Historian said she was sexually assaulted on a train while backpacking in Italy

The historian claimed she was assaulted as an undergraduate in the 1970s 58-year-old said architect forced her to have sex in a train carriage She said that the ‘coercion wasn’t violent’ and described the incident as ‘seedy’ The academic and TV presenter Mary Beard has told how she was raped when she was a young woman. The 58-year-old Cambridge classics professor...

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Domestic abuse reporting scheme rolled out across Scotland

A scheme that allows victims of domestic abuse to report crimes without having to go to a police station is to be rolled out across Scotland. Remote reporting sites – such as community centres, housing associations and citizens advice centres – have been used by Strathclyde Police since 2009. Now the new single police force for Scotland, which begins operations on 1 April, will adopt...

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the guardian: Child murderer found dead in his prison cell

Subhan Anwar, jailed for torture and murder of his partner’s two-year-old daughter, is understood to have been held hostage Two prisoners are being held in police custody after Subhan Anwar, who was jailed for torturing and murdering his partner’s two-year-old daughter, was found dead in his cell, the Ministry of Justice said. Anwar, who was jailed for a minimum of 23 years in 2009...

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Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell suspended from show after being charged with 19 child sex offences – including rape

Le Vell who plays Kevin Webster has been charged with 19 offences He was first arrested and questioned by police in September 2011 The charges include raping a child and sexual activity with a child Suspended from show ‘pending the outcome of legal proceedings’ Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell has been charged with 19 child sex offences, including rape. Le Vell, 48, who plays...

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Boxer boyfriend left me 2 punches from death now I want every woman to remember his face, says ex

NICOLE COYLE believes her violent ex-lover Kieran McLuckie will offend again when he leaves jail as she recalls the horrifying attack which nearly killed her. THE man who did this to 19-year-old Nicole Coyle claimed to be in love with her. Amateur boxer Kieran McLuckie broke almost every bone in ex-girlfriend Nicole’s face when she refused to take him back and accept more of his abuse. Her...

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