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domestic abuse | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Protection from violence

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This week and last have been quite quiet ones in family law terms, other than some kerfuffle about another multi-million pound divorce that’s been reported in the papers because of the massive figures involved, but for which the judgment isn’t out yet, so we don’t really know the reasoning. Instead we thought we’d look at a few strands relating to violence within the context of relationships, as a supplement to Adam’s white ribbon post of last month. The first thing to come out, thanks to The Independent, was the disparity between the increase in reports of domestic abuse incidents and the…

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Wear a White Ribbon

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Hello there – Adam Moghadas here. I had a look at the Cambridge News last night and read that there’s been a significant year-on-year increase in reports of domestic abuse in Cambridge. So this week, just after International Women’s Day and with Mothers’ Day on the horizon, I thought we should use the blog to take a look at the work of the White Ribbon Campaign. This is a charity working to prevent and inform about violence against women by engaging men and boys in the conversation. It’s a charity particularly close to our hearts at CFLP for two reasons:…

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New understandings

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This week, the high court denied a husband the opportunity to appeal occupation and non-molestation orders made against him, and in favour of his wife. The case is an interesting one for many reasons, not least because we rarely get to hear about court proceedings arising from allegations of domestic abuse: few of them reach appeal stage, and – in contrast to most of the rest of family law – there is very little guidance from the higher courts about the correct interpretation of the law. The case concerned a wealthy and quite elderly couple, with a wife aged in her…

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Domestic abuse and coercive control

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The Crown Prosecution Service has just released details of the first known conviction under new laws relating to domestic abuse that were brought in at the end of last year.   This seems to be a good time for a recap on what the law says about control, abuse and violence in close personal relationships. The new cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is : “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The…

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