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Maria Miller: Domestic abuse can stretch on for a lifetime. So why do we stop recording it after the age of 74?

Maria Miller: Domestic abuse can stretch on for a lifetime. So why do we stop recording it after the age of 74? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
We know that domestic abuse can affect anyone, of any gender, any ethnicity, whether you are disabled or non-disabled, and whatever your socio-economic background. Though we know it impacts some more than others – women, disabled people, or the LGBTQ community – age, especially older age, is rarely a consideration for decision makers working to protect and support victims and survivors.

We can see this in the fact that data collection on domestic abuse in the Crime Survey for England and Wales stops at the age of 74. Domestic abuse doesn’t go away with age, and older people can be especially vulnerable to different kinds of abuse, including abuse by a carer or financial abuse. But without any statistics for domestic abuse later life, there is a real possibility that older victims and survivors are missing out on vital help, support and protection.
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New campaign urges support for victims trying to flee lockdown violence - EasternEye

New campaign urges support for victims trying to flee lockdown violence - EasternEye | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
AN INCREASING number of Asians are suffering financial and mental abuse dur­ing lockdown and need additional sup­port, campaigners have said.

Charities have seen a rise in people seek­ing help for different forms of domestic vio­lence since the UK went into lockdown in March, as victims have found themselves forced to live with their abusive partners and family members.

A campaign called #FaithsAgainstDo­mesticAbuse, backed by a number of chari­ties, has called on the government to pro­vide more help for services, particularly to those supporting survivors from ethnic mi­nority backgrounds.
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FSM - Policy Exchange report uncovers true cost of public sector fraud during COVID-19 crisis

FSM - Policy Exchange report uncovers true cost of public sector fraud during COVID-19 crisis | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
RESEARCH CARRIED out by analysts at the Policy Exchange finds that fraud and error during the COVID-19 crisis will cost the UK Government somewhere in the region of £4.6 billion. The lower bound for the cost of fraud in this crisis is £1.3 billion and the upper bound set at £7.9 billion in light of total projected expenditure of £154.3 billion by the Government (excluding additional expenditure announced in the 8 July 2020 Economic Update).


The research has been conducted by Rob Walton (Senior Fellow at the Policy Exchange Think Tank), Sophia Falkner (Research Fellow) and Benjamin Barnard (head of technology policy). They suggest that the true value of public sector fraud may be closer to the upper bound due to the higher-than-usual levels of fraud that normally accompany disaster management (more of which anon).
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Police Professional | Wales takes lead on reducing speed to save lives

Police Professional | Wales takes lead on reducing speed to save lives | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Lee Waters introduced an independent report today (July 16) recommending that Wales becomes the first nation in the world to adopt the bold new measure by 2023.

It follows the results of a year-long study by a taskforce made up of police, local authorities, public health experts and other key partners such as road safety groups.

The report makes 21 practical recommendations for implementation across Wales, and Mr Waters said: “Eighty children were killed or seriously injured in Wales in the past year for which we have figures. That’s 80 families whose lives will never be the same again.
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Police Professional | Knife crime rises to record levels

Police Professional | Knife crime rises to record levels | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Police recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument rose to 46,265 for the year to the end of March, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (July 17).

The figures, which do not include Greater Manchester Police due to differences in the way the force collects data, are 51 per cent higher than they were in 2011 when this type of data was first collected.

A key factor behind the increase was a seven per cent rise in London. The report said: “Knife or sharp instrument offences continue to be concentrated in metropolitan areas across England and Wales, with around a third (34 per cent) of all offences recorded by the police in London.”
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Knife offences hit record high in 2019 in England and Wales | Knife crime | The Guardian

Knife offences hit record high in 2019 in England and Wales | Knife crime | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
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The number of offences involving knives recorded by police in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest on record, official statistics show, with big cities driving up the numbers.

There were 45,627 offences involving knives or sharp instruments recorded by police in 2019, a 7% rise year on year, and 49% higher than 2011 when comparable records began, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
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Crime fell by 15 per cent across Staffordshire Moorlands in 2019 - Stoke-on-Trent Live

Crime fell by 15 per cent across Staffordshire Moorlands in 2019 - Stoke-on-Trent Live | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The number of crimes recorded in the Staffordshire Moorlands fell by 15 per cent in 2019 - according to new figures.

Statistics released this week by the Office for National Statistics shows 4,110 offences were recorded in the Staffordshire Moorlands 'Community Safety Partnership' in 2019 - down from 4,838 the year before.
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Rise in recorded crime in the Cotswolds, latest police figures show

Rise in recorded crime in the Cotswolds, latest police figures show | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Crime has increased year-on-year in the Cotswolds, according to the latest police figures.

There were 3,805 reported offences during 2019, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

That's up by 13 percent on the previous year, when 3,358 incidents were recorded.
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Lockdown: a death trap for the domestically abused?

Lockdown: a death trap for the domestically abused? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Policies to impede the infection rates of coronavirus include lockdown. This assumes homes are safe places. They are not for those in abusive relationships. Like the virus, domestic abuse is a worldwide phenomenon. But unlike the virus, the gender balance of those adversely affected is reversed. Although rates in different countries vary, the available statistics from the UK show that in line with international comparisons, more men are infected by COVID-19; of those dying from the virus, the ratio of men to women is about 70:30. The reverse is the case for women suffering from domestic abuse or being murdered by their abuser. WHO estimates that globally, one in three (35%) of women suffer some form of abuse mostly from partners or ex-partners in their lifetime. For the year ending March 2019, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) reported that an estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (approximately 70% of whom were women). Between April 2016 and March 2018,  20% of homicides (366) were domestic, of which 73% were women victims – that is just over two women per week are being killed.
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This Disturbing TikTok 'POV' Trend Is All About Domestic Abuse - VICE

This Disturbing TikTok 'POV' Trend Is All About Domestic Abuse - VICE | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
One video begins with a teenager cheerfully applying blush and putting on jewellery – before cutting to her staring despondently past the camera, the makeup on her face now simulating bruises and a black eye. The caption: "You go on a date with your abusive boyfriend and it doesn’t end well."
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Man charged with the murder of Najeeba Al-Alariqy found dead in her Aston home - Birmingham Live

Man charged with the murder of Najeeba Al-Alariqy found dead in her Aston home - Birmingham Live | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
West Midlands Police have charged a 49-year-old man with the murder of an Aston woman found dead in her own home.

Abeen Thabet of West Park Road, Smethwick was charged last night (March 27) after 47-year-old Najeeba Al-Alariqy was discovered at her home in Sutton Street on Monday (March 23).
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Coronavirus: Charity warns of increased paedophile activity in lockdown | UK | News

Fears of the coronavirus outbreak worsening have led the world to come down hard on isolation measures. In the UK alone, 422 people have died and more than 8,000 people have tested positive for the infection. Prime Minister Boris Johnson mandated lockdown on Monday evening, declaring that the public should not go outside “unless it’s absolutely necessary” in a bid to reduce the burden on the NHS. Self-isolation measures are changing the lives of Britons up and down the country in what has been described as the greatest restriction of liberty in our nation’s history. As many members of the public are able to work from home and children are forced to stay inside following school closures last Friday, the risks of quarantine are only beginning to be understood now. Most concerningly, one child sex abuse investigator gave a chilling warning that those types of nefarious crimes could see a dramatic spike.
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Women’s Aid places hidden message in Vanity Fair to support victims isolated with abusers

Women’s Aid places hidden message in Vanity Fair to support victims isolated with abusers | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
With victims of coercive control being forced to stay indoors with their abusers during the coronavirus, the Women’s Aid Federation of England, the national domestic abuse charity, has placed a pertinent ad in March’s issue of Vanity Fair that contains a hidden message.

“During these uncertain times and under current guidance, we know that a lot of women will have to spend more time indoors. We are thinking of all those for whom home is not a safe place but one of fear and control," explained Faye Connelly, fundraising manager at Women’s Aid.
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Black Women: Domestic Abuse - Hansard

It gives me great pleasure to raise a very important issue to the UK and to this House, particularly as we are about to debate the Domestic Abuse Bill, which returns to this place in the next fortnight or so.

In preparation for today’s debate, I was aided greatly by a number of groups. I would like to thank Refuge; Southall Black Sisters; Women’s Aid; the End Violence Against Women Coalition; Hackney Council; London Councils; Imkaan, which does amazing work in this area; and my local organisation, Sistah Space, with whom I met recently and who were the inspiration behind this debate.
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Rapists and sex attackers who preyed on strangers in Hull and East Yorkshire - Hull Live

It's enough to make your blood run cold and one of the worst crimes you can think of.

More people are bravely coming forward to report sexual crimes committed against them and, more often than not, they are committed by someone they know.


However, there are many, many terrifying cases where the perpetrator will pick a stranger, targeting them on a darkened street, in broad daylight and even in their own homes where they should feel safe.

Disgusting predators such as these have been dragged before Hull Crown Court after their victims bravely reported what happened to them.
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Cybercrime Jumped 23% Over Past Year

Cybercrime Jumped 23% Over Past Year | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Cybercrime offenses reported by individuals and businesses have risen 23% over the past year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The UK government body explained that 26,215 incidents were referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) by Action Fraud in the year ending March 2020.

The year-on-year increase was driven by a large uptick in the two highest-volume “computer misuse” types reported to Action Fraud. “Hacking – social media and email” saw a 55% increase from 12,894 offenses, and “computer viruses/malware” incidents soared by 61% to reach 6745 cases.
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Knife crime incidents hit record level

Knife crime incidents hit record level | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The number of knife crimes in England and Wales has risen 6% to a new record high, official figures show.

Police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument rose to 46,265 for the year to March, up from 43,706 in the previous 12 months, according to information released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Friday.

This was 51% higher than when data of this kind was first collected in 2010/11 (30,620) and is the highest number on record, the report said.
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Crimes in Kent fall by more than 4,000 incidents in 2019 but weapons and drugs offences and shoplifting see sharp rises

Crimes in Kent fall by more than 4,000 incidents in 2019 but weapons and drugs offences and shoplifting see sharp rises | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Crimes in Kent fell last year but there was a steep rise in the number of drug offences, shoplifting and illegal possession of weapons, it has been revealed.

Figures published today show there were 4,244 (2%) fewer crimes committed throughout the county with 192,841 recorded in 2019.
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Knife crime in England and Wales rises to record high, ONS figures show

Knife crime in England and Wales rises to record high, ONS figures show | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Knife crime in England and Wales increased last year to a new record high, figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown.

The ONS said police recorded 45,627 offences in the year to December 2019.

That is 7% more than in 2018, and the highest since knife crime statistics were first collected in 2010-11.
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Murders, rapes, robberies and assaults: Knife crime on Teesside hit record levels before lockdown - Teesside Live

Murders, rapes, robberies and assaults: Knife crime on Teesside hit record levels before lockdown - Teesside Live | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Record numbers of serious crimes involving knives were recorded in Teesside last year.

There were 508 serious crimes reported to police in Teesside in 2019 where the offender had a knife or sharp object, according to Office for National Statistics figures released this week.
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Labour proposes legislation for fast-tracked fund for domestic abuse services hit by Covid-19 crisis | London

Labour proposes legislation for fast-tracked fund for domestic abuse services hit by Covid-19 crisis | London | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Labour has proposed legislation to deliver a dedicated fast-tracked fund for domestic abuse services affected by the coronavirus crisis.

It comes as the Domestic Abuse Bill returns to Parliament for its second reading on Tuesday amid a reported spike in abuse during lockdown.
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People In Abusive Relationships At Greater Risk During Isolation But Help Is Still At Hand - UNILAD

People In Abusive Relationships At Greater Risk During Isolation But Help Is Still At Hand - UNILAD | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Even though we may grumble about it, staying at home has its comforting side for many fortunate people.

If you’re lucky, home is where you feel safest, closed off from the concerns of the world. It’s where you’re surrounded by personal belongings and – if you’re particularly blessed – by those who care about you.

Sadly, for far too many people, home can be a truly frightening place; a place defined by tensions and friction and a constant, underlying sense of dread. With self-isolation now well under way, many will right now be trapped in the very place they fear the most.
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Women’s Aid hides secret message in Vanity Fair for women stuck in isolation with domestic abusers | London

Women’s Aid hides secret message in Vanity Fair for women stuck in isolation with domestic abusers | London | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
An advert placed by Women’s Aid in the March issue of Vanity Fair contains a hidden message for women currently isolated with abusers under the government’s stricter ‘stay at home’ policy. 

The message is a series of questions that form a pattern of abusive behaviour. It is designed to highlight the descent into coercive control that slowly escalates from asking ‘where are you’ to ‘remember I’m watching you’. 
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Victims losing confidence in criminal justice system, research suggests as coronavirus delays trials

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Victims are losing confidence in the criminal justice system, new research has suggested as coronavirus delays cases.

A report by the victims’ commissioner found “there is growing dissatisfaction amongst victims with how cases are handled”.
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Victims losing confidence in criminal justice system, research suggests as coronavirus delays trials

Victims losing confidence in criminal justice system, research suggests as coronavirus delays trials | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Victims are losing confidence in the criminal justice system, new research has suggested as coronavirus delays cases.

A report by the victims’ commissioner found “there is growing dissatisfaction amongst victims with how cases are handled”.

Analysis of data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales found that more than a third of victims were dissatisfied with how police handled their complaint, and 36 per cent were unhappy with the wider criminal justice system — up from 30 per cent four years before.
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