DAily Alliance- 1 June, 2020


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New NI probation safeguards after rise in domestic abuse
New safeguards have been introduced by probation services in Northern Ireland in response to rising rates of domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of reports to police and calls to a 24-hour helpline for victims are both on the increase. The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) is now working to ensure increased monitoring and focus on abuse perpetrators and other offenders with a history of domestic crimes.
-ITV News

Coronavirus lockdown puts adults and children at risk of domestic abuse, doctors and charities warn
Isolation and financial pressures as a result of lockdown are putting adults and children at risk of domestic abuse, doctors and charities have warned. Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said lockdown “exacerbates the risk” victims of domestic abuse face on a daily basis, with the most serious cases having “tragic consequences”. He is one of many doctors and charities who have signed a letter urging Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, to support health professionals in spotting victims attempting to disclose abuse amid the pandemic.
-The Telegraph

Coronavirus in Ireland: 25% increase in domestic abuse during lockdown
Almost 5,600 incidents of domestic abuse have been recorded by gardaí in the past two months in a surge of cases linked to Covid-19 restrictions on people’s movement. New figures provided by An Garda Síochána show gardaí have dealt with 5,592 cases of individuals who have been the subject of domestic abuse since Operation Faoiseamh, the Garda’s dedicated domestic violence operation during lockdown, was launched on April 1. The figures represents a 25 per cent increase in the number of domestic abuse incidents recorded by gardaí over the same period in 2019.
-The Times

Abused Woman Who Killed Husband Is Granted the Family’s U.K. Estate
A British woman who was convicted of killing her husband after decades of emotional abuse is entitled to the family’s estate, a judge has ruled — the latest development in a case that has gripped Britain for years and exposed the challenges of confronting domestic abuse. The woman, Sally Challen, 66, was found guilty in 2011 of having murdered her husband the year before, but her conviction was thrown out last year after new evidence showed that she had been subjected to coercive control, a criminal offense in Britain since 2015. 
-The New York Times




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