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United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Today, 6 February 2019, is the annual United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a degrading and discriminatory practice with particularly harmful consequences for children. Lucy Bennett, legal assistant at Miles & Partners ...

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Archers domestic violence plot reveals real harm of LASPO cuts

Archer’s fans have been gripped for months by the domestic abuse plot culminating with Helen’s criminal trial earlier in the month. While listeners were avidly following Helen and Rob’s storyline, the Serious Crime Act 2015 received royal assent on 3 ...

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Domestic and other violence and homelessness

The Court of Appeal has been looking at the circumstances when an applicant for homelessness assistance can argue that it is not reasonable to continue to occupy their home because of threatened or actual violence from a third party. In ...

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Forced marriage now a criminal act

A forced marriage takes place when one or both spouses do not consent and do not want to get married but are coerced into it by others, usually by their family, people they look up to, or their community. Someone ...

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Changes to legal aid for domestic abuse victims unlawful say Rights Of Women

The Law Society is supporting a challenge brought by the Public Law Project on behalf of Rights of Women, over the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid which are preventing victims of domestic abuse from getting legal aid for ...

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Drug and alcohol misusing families

London’s Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) has a new approach to family cases where drug abuse is a central issue. The scheme aims to assist drug and alcohol misusing families navigate the family justice system. Miles & Partners’ David ...

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Tower Hamlets domestic violence ‘One Stop Shop’

Miles and Partners LLP are pleased to be taking part in the launch of a new initiative to combat domestic violence – Tower Hamlets Domestic Violence One Stop Shop. From Monday 28th November residents of Tower Hamlets affected by domestic ...

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Mental abuse to count as domestic violence

In answer to a question from David Jockelson of Miles and Partners LLP at today’s Legal Aid Practitioner’s Group annual conference Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly confirmed that the MOJ intends to allow Judges discretion to count mental abuse as domestic ...

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The Sojourner Project

The Sojourner Project – Protecting women with no recourse to public funds. Eaves Housing was formed in 1977 as Homeless Action. Its aim was to target the hidden homeless – single women without dependent(s) who are least likely to have ...

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