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Nadia Salam: Domestic Abuse – greater understanding is still needed

Date:10 APR 2013

Nadia SalamIn September 2012 I wrote an article about domestic abuse and the impact on victims. With the recent changes in legal aid funding due to LASPO I have thought more about domestic abuse the impact it has on victims and the children of the family as well as the difficulty to obtain evidence of such abuse.

I have recently had a number of clients report breaches of non-molestation orders to their respective police forces.  The response that each client has received has differed greatly.  In 2007 the law was changed and made it a criminal offence to breach a non-molestation order a breach is an arrestable offence.  However this has not been the approach that all police forces across England have taken.  I personally have experienced mixed responses from the police and other professionals dealing with a breach of non-molestation orders.  Some police forces have arrested and charged respondents for texting the applicant to inform them they are running late for contact handover as the order...

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