DRIVE: the new programme to hold perpetrators of domestic abuse to account

Posted on 17.02.16 by: Admin1

To reduce the number of domestic abuse victims, perpetrators must be challenged to change their behaviour, say specialist charities and three leading Police and Crime Commissioners.

  • Two women die a week as a result of domestic homicide
  • 100,000 people are at high risk of being murdered or seriously harmed every year
  • Fewer than 1% of perpetrators receive a specialist intervention to change

Leading social sector organisations, Respect, SafeLives and Social Finance are working together with Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities in Sussex, Essex and South Wales and the Lloyds Bank Foundation to launch the Drive project.

The project will develop and evaluate a new approach to hold perpetrators of domestic abuse to account in order to keep victims and children safe.


Women’s Aid analysis of 19 Child Homicides.

Posted on 25.01.16 by: Admin1

Women's Aid has published new analysis of case reviews in England and Wales where children were killed by perpetrators of domestic abuse.

The report looks at the cases of twelve families where nineteen children and two women were killed, two children were seriously harmed through attempted murder and seven men dead by suicide after committing child homicide.

In each case the children were killed by their father who was also a perpetrator of domestic abuse.

The key conclusions include the importance of putting children first in the family courts and that there is an urgent need for independent, national oversight into the implementation of practice directions for child contact arrangements.

Link to the report here

Source: Women's Aid 20 January 2016, (NSPCC CASPAR)


Man sentenced to life after domestic related attempted murder in Luton

Posted on 14.01.16 by: Admin1

Beds Alert on behalf of Bedfordshire Police, report that a man has been sentenced to life in prison after he attacked his ex-wife and her partner with a knife outside a child contact centre in Luton last summer.

Fatmir Mula, 44, of Lowe Avenue, Newsham, was sentenced to two life sentences at Luton Crown Court today (Thursday, 14 January), after he was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder.

He had violently attacked the pair at a contact centre in Luton at around 4.40pm on 12 July 2015. He turned on his ex-wife with a knife who was then shielded by her partner. This ultimately saved her life, but this courageous act led to the partner sustaining life threatening injuries when Mula stabbed him several times in the chest. Mula then fled the scene and was arrested the following day. He denied the charges, and a further charge of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, but was convicted following a trial.



FGM Court Orders: 18 Protection Orders issued since launch in Summer 2015.

Posted on 31.12.15 by: Admin1

An article in the Guardian Society pages explains that the new FGM measures include confiscating passports or travel documents of girls who authorities suspect are being taken abroad to be cut. Originally intended to begin in October 2015, they were brought forward to ensure protection over the summer holidays, when girls are most at risk because they travel with their families abroad.

From July to September 2015 there were 1,385 newly recorded cases of FGM in England, latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show, 50% of which were in London. Among the cases, there were 17 girls under the age of 18.

Read the full article here


BBC News: Shahena Uddin murder: Salma Begum jailed for life

Posted on 22.12.15 by: Admin1

Salma Begum has been jailed for life for beating her teenage sister-in-law to death in the family home following a "regime of terror".

Shahena Uddin, 19, fell unconscious after suffering 54 injuries and was left to die by choking on her own vomit in Watford in October last year.

Begum, 32, denied murder but was convicted yesterday at St Albans Crown Court and will serve a minimum of 18 years.

Four of Shahena's brothers and a sister were also jailed.

Skip to the full article on the BBC News page here


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