Crimes of violence

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27 Documents
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27.11.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill - Lords Amendments
This paper is designed to provide background information for Consideration of Lords Amendments of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which is due to take place on 1 December 2014
04.11.2014The August 2011 riots: a statistical summary
This article, published in October 2011, provides a summary of the Ministry of Justice statistical updates produced throughout August and September on those brought before the courts, for offences relating to this public disorder. In October 2011 more detailed statistical publications were released relating to the offences committed and offenders prosecuted.
22.10.2014Domestic violence
In February 2014, the police's response to domestic abuse was described by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) as "not good enough". In response, the Home Secretary announced that every police force would have an action plan for improving their response in place by September 2014 and that she would establish a national oversight group to monitor progress. On 19 August 2014 the Home Secretarylaunched an 8 week consultation on strengthening current laws on domestic violence.
15.04.2014Draft Modern Slavery Bill
On 16 December 2013 the Government published a White Paper which included a Draft Modern Slavery Bill. The draft Bill contains provisions to: consolidate existing offences, create new civil orders and establish and new Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The Bill will undergo pre-legislative scrutiny.
05.03.2014Combating violence against women and girls around the world
As 8 March, International Women's Day, approaches, this note briefly surveys efforts to combat violence against women and girls around the world, focusing strongly on those that involve the UK.
24.12.2013Domestic violence statistics
Summary of statistics on the extent and nature of domestic violence from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).
03.12.2013Stalking
Two new criminal offences of stalking have been in force for a year now. This note explains why they were introduced and what is being said about implementation of the new law.
29.11.2013Immigration provisions for victims of domestic violence
The Immigration Rules allow for a victim of domestic violence who is in the UK as the spouse/partner of a British or 'settled' person to apply to stay permanently, even though the relationship is no longer subsisting. These rules do not apply to EEA nationals or their family members, persons who have limited leave as the spouse of a temporary migrant, or asylum seekers or their family members.
28.11.2013The abolition of sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection
The Government has abolished sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPPs) for offenders convicted on or after 3 December 2012, and replaced them with different sentences for dangerous offenders. However the change was not made retrospective. The change in the law will not apply to people currently serving these sentences.
26.11.2013Clare's law: the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
The Government has announced that, from March 2014, it will introduce a national domestic violence disclosure scheme. This will provide a framework for the police to disclose information about an individual's history of domestic violence to a new partner.
17.10.2013Domestic Violence: a select bibliography
Domestic Violence: a select bibliography.
17.09.2013Forced marriage
Following consultation, the Government has introduced clauses in the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill which will criminalise both forced marriage and breach of a Forced Marriage Protection Order. This note gives background.
19.07.2013Crime: Social Indicators page
Crime: Social Indicators page. By Gavin Berman and Roderick McInnes. SN/SG/2617.
06.06.2013Knives and offensive weapons
This note summarises the legislation which governs the possession and sale of knives and other offensive weapons. It includes an overview of recent developments such as the Tackling Knives Action Programme and Brooke Kinsella's review of anti-knife crime projects.
28.01.2013Legal aid for victims of domestic violence
The issue of legal aid for private family law cases involving domestic violence remained controversial as the Government published its white paper in response to the public consultation and as the subsequent Bill (now the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) made its way through Parliament. The Act is expected to come into force in April 2013. Provisions in the Act allow for legal aid to be provided in private law children and family proceedings where there is evidence of domestic abuse. The range of evidence of domestic abuse to be accepted - although much discussed during the Bill's passage - does not form part of the Act but has since been published in regulations.
10.01.2013Householders and the criminal law of self defence
This note considers the potential criminal liability of householders who use force against intruders. Such householders will have a complete defence if they can demonstrate they were using reasonable force in self defence. However, cases such as those of Tony Martin and Munir Hussain have led some to call for a change in the law so that the test is one of "not grossly disproportionate force" rather than "reasonable force". The Government is now proposing to legislate for such a change by way of the Crime and Courts Bill.
16.11.2012Changes to Criminal Injuries Compensation
The Government is reforming Crimininal Injuries Compensation, and a new scheme is due to come into force on 27 November 2012. The changes have been controversial.
06.11.2012Knife crime statistics
The issue of knife related crime continues to be high on the political agenda due to a series of tragic knife related incidents. This note summarises the available statistics relating to knife crime.
31.07.2012Third party action on behalf of victims of domestic violence
Section 60 of the Family Law Act 1996, which could allow third parties to apply for certain court orders on behalf of domestic violence victims, has never been brought into force. This note looks at some of the arguments surrounding this issue.
22.05.2012Labour policy on Domestic Violence - 1999-2010
The Labour Government introduced a number of reforms to the legal remedies for victims of domestic violence, and introduced a number of non-legislative measures. This note examines the development of Labour policy in this area.
27.04.2012Constituency-level crime data
This note highlights the constituency-level crime data that is potentially available.
16.03.2012Protection of Freedoms Bill: Lords amendments
This note summarises the Lords amendments to the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which are due to be considered by the Commons on 19 March 2012.
20.10.2011Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Bill - Committee Stage Report
This Bill is a Private Members' Bill introduced by Sir Paul Beresford. It has received Government support. This Bill was introduced into the Commons on 30 June 2010, and received its second reading without debate on 18 March 2011. The Government tabled a series of amendments for the Bill's committee stage, which were welcomed by Sir Paul. These amendments were all added to the Bill without division. The Bill is due to have its report stage on Friday 21 October 2011.
13.10.2009Alcohol policy and the effects of The Licensing Act 2003
This article reviews some figures on alcohol-related mortality and morbidity, discusses the policy challenge posed by excessive alcohol consumption and evaluates some of the statistics that have emerged following the implementation of The Licensing Act.
20.04.2009The International Criminal Court: Current Cases and Contemporary Debates
This note is intended to offer a brief overview of the current work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the contemporary debates which surround it.
13.03.2009Sexual and gender-based violence: global trends and perspectives
This Note is intended as an introduction to some key trends and perspectives on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) around the world.
18.11.2005Homicide rate and death penalty
All Research Papers
7 Documents
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20.02.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would make a number of changes to the criminal justice system including sentencing; cautions; prisoners' release and recall; and the detention of young offenders. It would also reform court proceedings and costs; establish a new system of strict liability in contempt proceedings; create new offences for juror misconduct; make changes to the conduct and funding of judicial review claims; and amend the law on extreme pornography.
26.10.2011Social Indicators
A compendium of the latest social statistics. This edition includes articles: The August 2011 riots: a statistical summary, and Initial proposals for new constituency boundaries.
09.08.2007The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Bill 130 of 2006-07
06.10.2006Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (Bill 220 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/46
17.06.2005Violent Crime Reduction Bill (Bill 10 of 2005-06)
The Violent Crime Reduction Bill (Bill 10 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/49
09.06.2004Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill (HL) (Bill 83 2003/04)
The Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill (HL) (Bill 83 2003/04): Criminal procedure and victims. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/43.
09.06.2004Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill (HL) (Bill 83 2003/04)
The Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill (HL) (Bill 83 2003/04): Domestic violence provisions. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/44.