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New U.K. domestic abuse bill won't apply in Ulster
« on: February 22, 2019, 05:29:49 AM »
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/domestic-abuse-bill-northern-ireland-dup-letter-conservatives-stella-creasy-a8785376.html

"MPs urge government to redraft new domestic abuse bill so it protects victims in Northern Ireland"

‘The UK risks protections for vulnerable people for the sake of party political gain,’ says Stella Creasy"

"Labour MP Stella Creasy says the government chose to restrict the legislation in order to sidestep 'upsetting the DUP' "

"MPs from a range of political parties, campaigners and academics are calling for the government to extend the new landmark Domestic Abuse Bill to Northern Ireland."

"The draft legislation introduces the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse to include economic abuse and controlling and manipulative behaviour that is not physical."

"But the bill will not apply to Northern Ireland – as well as excluding migrant women."

"Labour MP Stella Creasy, who has written a letter to the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), which has been signed by over 70 organisations and individuals, said the government had chosen to restrict the legislation in order to avoid “upsetting the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)”."

“But the consequences affect how we address domestic violence across the whole of the UK,” she added."

“Without change the UK risks reneging on human rights obligations to treat women equally – whether migrant women or those in Northern Ireland are denied their basic rights.”   etcetera,...

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Re: New U.K. domestic abuse bill won't apply in Ulster
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 05:49:49 AM »
"Police receive a report of domestic abuse every 17 minutes in Northern Ireland, it was revealed yesterday."

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/31000-domestic-abuse-cases-in-northern-ireland-in-a-year-37621225.html


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The figures emerged as the PSNI launched their Christmas domestic abuse campaign yesterday.

Detective Superintendent Ryan Henderson, from the PSNI's public protection branch, said: "Domestic abuse is a terrifying crime, which can have a long-lasting impact and it can affect anyone, and often leaves victims feeling isolated and alone.

"Our role is about prevention, protection and prosecution to prevent further violence, to protect the victim, children and other vulnerable people and to facilitate the prosecution of offenders.

"We want anyone impacted by domestic abuse to know there is help out there."

The PSNI's domestic abuse campaign will run until mid-January. It looks to encourage the reporting of incidents and to help victims stop attacks.

This year's Christmas campaign message is 'If you feel like you're walking on eggshells, that's domestic abuse'.

Det Supt Henderson said: "Domestic abuse doesn't only occur at Christmas, it happens all year round.

"Unfortunately, however, we know over the Christmas period incidents of domestic abuse rise and when we look at the figures from last year's campaign, which ran from December 15 until January 16, the highest level of incidents reported to police was on New Year's Day when we received a total of 142 calls for help, compared to 147 the previous year.

"On Christmas Day 2017, there were 84 incidents reported to us compared to 96 from the previous year."

He added: "These stark figures tell us more victims are finding the courage to pick up the phone and make a report, which is encouraging, but we must always remember behind each statistic is a victim."

In March, the Department of Justice launched The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme, which looked to protect people from becoming a victim of domestic violence or abuse.

It allows people to ask the police confidentially if their partner has a history of abusive behaviour.

A third party who is concerned about someone's relationship can also apply for information.

Between March 26 and November 30, 177 applications were submitted. Ten disclosures were made.

Det Supt Henderson said: "Previously, it would have been difficult for someone entering a new relationship to find out, or be aware if their new partner had any prior convictions for violence or domestic abuse.

"However, this scheme makes it possible for people to take that extra step if they are concerned to do what they can to protect themselves.

"I want to encourage anyone suffering from domestic abuse to call their local police on the non-emergency 101 or, in an emergency, always call 999."



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Re: New U.K. domestic abuse bill won't apply in Ulster
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2019, 08:47:20 PM »


http://www.mapni.co.uk/services/

MAP    Mens Advisory Project Northern Ireland

"MAP exists to provide counselling services for men experiencing domestic abuse. We provide support and facilitate you to understand your options and make your own choices and decisions."

"We also offer support and counselling services to men who have previously left a violent or abusive relationship and who are still experiencing the effects. All of our services are offered across Northern Ireland from various bases."



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Re: New U.K. domestic abuse bill won't apply in Ulster
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2019, 12:03:02 AM »
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Re: New U.K. domestic abuse bill won't apply in Ulster
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2019, 01:54:39 AM »
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