Articles tagged with: Legislation/reform
By Rachel Buchanan
From March 2014, a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales, following a successful 14-month pilot in four police force areas. It is intended that this Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or “Clare’s Law”, will provide, “people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy”, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.
Requests made under Clare’s Law will be thoroughly checked by a panel consisting of police, probation …
By Lorna Borthwick
The Children and Families Bill 2013 represents one of the biggest shake-ups of the law relating to family life in years.
New proposals are being brought in on a diverse range of issues, but are they likely to be seen as welcome changes?
Public law proceedings and adoption
The new Bill introduces the much publicised (amongst lawyers at least!) changes to care proceedings, with the imposition of the 26 week time limit (cl 14). The Bill will also introduce in statutory form the prohibition on obtaining expert evidence except where “necessary”, …
By Geoffrey Bindman
The recent story of three women being freed after an alleged 30 years held captive in a South London house has aroused enormous public interest. It is a shocking example of modern day slavery. Perhaps it is so shocking because we assume that the very practice of slavery no longer exists here; that it lives on only in the history books.
This apparent case of modern day slavery is certainly very different from the slavery we know from the 18th century and earlier. Yet it is a practice that …
By Helen Jackson
Today, on the 32nd International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill reaches the Committee stage of the House of Lords. The Bill introduces a raft of measures covering matters as diverse as dangerous dogs, extradition proceedings, firearms and, tucked away in Part 10, forced marriage.
Forced marriage is to be criminalised. “Was it not already?”, you may ask.
The current law
Forced marriage is where one or both parties to a marriage lack consent and duress is a factor. Forcing an individual …
By Merry Neal
There is no topic more appropriate to write about on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women than that of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FGM involves the partial or total removal of a girl’s genitalia for non-medical reasons. The potential health risks resulting from the FGM procedure are numerous and severe: in extreme cases it can lead to sterility, infection, haemorrhaging and death.
The risks associated with FGM are exacerbated by the fact that it is usually performed by people with no formal medical training in unsanitary …