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BBC: Domestic violence: Theresa May to oversee new law
Domestic violence: Theresa May to oversee new law
18 February 2017
From the section UK
As home secretary, Theresa May introduced several new measures on domestic violence
Theresa May says she will directly oversee work on a new law to tackle domestic violence amid concerns victims are being let down by the legal system.
Downing Street said it was "unacceptable" some areas of England and Wales were putting more effort into tackling the problem than others.
The Domestic Violence and Abuse Act aims to address an inconsistency in the use of existing offences and measures.
Mrs May said tackling such abuse was a "key priority" for the government.
As home secretary, Mrs May introduced a new offence against controlling and coercive behaviour and domestic violence protection orders.
Domestic violence prosecutions and convictions have started to improve in recent years, and the prime minister said "no stone will be left unturned in delivering a system that increases convictions, and works better for victims".
Mrs May added: "Domestic violence and abuse is a life shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime.
"There are thousands of people who are suffering at the hands of abusers - often isolated, and unaware of the options and support available to them to end it.
"Given the central importance of victim evidence to support prosecutions in this area, raising public awareness - as well as consolidating the law - will prove crucial."
Domestic abuse in figures
Year ending March 2016
People aged 16-59 who told Crime Survey for England and Wales they were a victim
1.2m Female victims
651,000 Male victims
79% Did not contact police
100,930 Cases resulted in prosecution
Source: Office for National Statistics
Downing Street said work on the legislation would be co-ordinated by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, although other departments would be involved.
Experts working with victims will also be invited to contribute ideas and proposals.
Charities and groups supporting victims welcomed the plans.
Women's Aid chief executive Polly Neate said there was "scope to make the legal framework surrounding domestic abuse clearer and more comprehensive", while the NSPCC called for the needs of affected children to be prioritised.
Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley said she hoped the new law "will bring the sea-change that is needed to give victims the protection they need and deserve".
Mark Brooks, chairman of the ManKind Initiative charity, called for a "real step change" in supporting and recognising male victims of domestic violence, saying they made up a third of all victims.
Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove said: "These long awaited changes will ensure those vulnerable victims and survivors are listened to and that they feel able to come forward and speak out against their abusers."
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: "A domestic abuse case is more likely to be prosecuted and convicted today than ever before.
"However, we know this crime is often under-reported and therefore any new initiative which encourages victims to come forward is to be applauded."
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BBC: Dale Cregan case police officer 'wrote own death report'
Dale Cregan case police officer 'wrote own death report'
14 February 2017
From the section Manchester
Mr Summerscales' partner said the deaths of his colleagues left him "in a very dark place"
A colleague of murdered police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes filled out his own death report before being found dead in a park, an inquest has heard.
Andrew Summerscales was believed to be one of the first on the scene after Dale Cregan had killed the PCs in 2012.
The 46-year-old, who left the police in 2015, was found hanged in August 2016.
An inquest at Stockport Coroners' Court heard he was found wearing a tag used by police for identifying bodies which he had also filled out himself.
The court was told he had filled out his death report on Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stationery.
GP Barbara Ellis saw Mr Summerscales after his was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder by his work's occupational health department following the murder of his colleagues.
Each year around the time of the murders he would begin to feel "very down and not able to cope", and on "several occasions" had talked about suicidal thoughts, Dr Ellis said.
Mr Summerscales' "very good friends" PCs Nicola Hughes (left) and Fiona Bone were killed in September 2012
His son Joshua said his father was deeply affected by the deaths of PCs Bone and Hughes, and his partner Carly Weston added that he had been left "in a very dark place" in the aftermath.
The inquest also heard that Mr Summerscales had been at Hillsborough in 1989, when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in a crush on the terraces, and Ms Weston said the disaster had affected him.
Coroner Joanne Kearsley was also told he had discovered a body hanging in Stalybridge's Cheetham Park, where he died, in April 2015.
Concluding that he had taken his own life, Ms Kearsley said Mr Summerscales had endured "a number of tragedies" in his life.
"There's no doubts the events of September 2012 affected him greatly," said Ms Kearsley.
"I have no doubt at the time he died he was suffering a relapsing of the condition he had suffered since 2012."
Mr Summerscales was thought to be one of the first to the scene of the two PCs' murders
Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, territorial commander for Tameside, said: "Andrew was a well-liked officer who left GMP in November 2015 and many former colleagues still hold fond memories of him.
"Like many people, Andrew was deeply affected by the murders of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone and the impact of their deaths stayed with him until the day he died.
"At the time of that initial tragedy, GMP faced an unprecedented level of grief and trauma amongst staff and every effort was made to ensure that support was available and the wellbeing of the families, friends and colleagues was paramount to what followed.
"However, it is important to remember that people are individuals and will respond in different ways to offers of support."
He added: "My thoughts today are very much with Andrew, his family, friends and former colleagues."
Cregan, who was also convicted of two other murders, was jailed for life without parole in June 2013.
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