DAily Alliance- 8 June, 2020


Your roundup of local and national
domestic abuse stories

Caroline Flack death: Prosecutor says assault trial was right due to concerns her boyfriend ‘was in danger’
The prosecutor who pursued an assault case against TV presenter Caroline Flack before her death has defended his decision – and says he had “never heard of her”. Ed Beltrami, 52, said he decided to continue with the trial after Flack’s boyfriend, Lewis Burton, dropped his assault complaint against her because he was concerned about what could happen to Burton. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at the time was widely blamed by the public – and Flack’s management – for being a trigger for the Love Island presenter taking her own life three weeks before the trial was due to begin in February.
-Sky News

‘Leave that lady alone’: rugby star’s domestic violence video sparks outcry in Papua New Guinea
A shocking video that appears to show a Papua New Guinean sports star being beaten by her partner has sparked outrage across the country and prompted calls for the government to take urgent action to address high rates of violence against women. Graphic photographs and a video that appear to show a man repeatedly head-butting a woman and hitting her across the face with a hot clothing iron were widely shared across social media in Papua New Guinea over the weekend, sparking outrage. Rugby star Debbie Kaore identified herself as the woman in the video and said it showed her being attacked by her partner, Murray Oa, a Lieutenant in the Papua New Guinea army, with whom she has a two-month-old baby.
– The Guardian

After Sally Challen, we now have a chance to tackle coercive control
The day my mother’s conviction for the murder of my father was quashed marked a turning point – for our family and for society. Yet why, a year on from the landmark case that recognised the abuse my mother suffered, are we still failing victims of coercive control and seeing her story as unique? My mother, Sally, 66, is now discovering life as an independent woman for the first time since the age of 15, free from the coercion and control she experienced for over 40 years from my father.
-The Guardian

1,000km to battle domestic abuse
Four plucky men have decided to take on a challenge of a lifetime and raise money for a domestic abuse charity. The friends are dividing and planning to conquer the mammoth task ahead of them. The plan is for Owen Cundall, Will Burton, Lewis Burton and Dan Robinson to complete 250km each over the month of June, about 8km a day with the aim of raising £1,000 for Refuge charity. While furloughed from his IT consultant job, Owen, 22 from Blencogo said: “While the lockdown may be easing for some, women and children are still suffering the consequences of domestic violence.
-News & Star

Woman ‘almost killed by partner’ urges others to call time on domestic abuse during lockdown
The mum from South Swindon hopes by speaking out she will help others who find themselves in a similar position during lockdown. She believed the father of her 18-month old toddler was going to kill her during the night-time attack 17 years ago. It was only when neighbours heard the screaming that the police were called. She says that saved her life.
-Swindon Advertiser




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