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Stalking prevention orders


Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced that she is to introduce new stalking prevention orders that will give the courts fresh powers to order offenders at an early stage not to go anywhere near someone they have been compulsively pursuing but whom the police do not have enough evidence to charge. In future they will face asbo-style bans.

Police will be able to apply to the courts for an order before a stalking suspect has been convicted or even arrested. Breaching an order’s conditions will be a criminal offence with a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

Rudd called it “a practical solution to a crime taking place now.” The orders in England and Wales will help those who are targeted by strangers, giving them similar protection to domestic abuse victims.

She said: “Stalking can have devastating consequences, and I am determined that we do all we can to protect victims from these prolonged and terrifying campaigns of abuse that can last years, leaving many people too afraid to leave their homes and unable to get on with their lives.”

One in five women and one in ten men will be affected by stalking in their lifetime. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales 4.6% of women and 2.7% of men aged 16-59 were victims in 2015/16 alone.

The protection orders will enable the courts to impose restrictions on suspected stalkers, including staying away from their target, restricting their internet use, attending a rehabilitation programme or seeking treatment for mental health issues.

The Home Office said the new orders would offer additional protection at an early stage for anyone who has not been in an intimate relationship with their stalker, helping those targeted by strangers, acquaintances or colleagues, as well as professionals such as doctors who may be targeted by patients.

The requirements of the order will vary according to the nature of the case. The suspect could be banned from going near the victim and contacting them online. They might also be ordered to attend a rehabilitation programme, or undergo treatment if they have a mental health problem.

As reported in the ‘Guardian’ Garry Shewan, Greater Manchester police’s assistant chief constable and the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for stalking and harassment, said: “We want to stop stalkers in their tracks. In the last year, police have recorded 32% more stalking offences and more perpetrators are now being prosecuted. The launch of stalking protection orders will help us intervene earlier and place controls on perpetrators to prevent their behaviour escalating while the crime is investigated.”

But critics fear that the orders will be used as a substitute for pursuing criminal prosecutions by poorly trained police and prosecutors unable to gather evidence. They also voiced concerns that breaches would not be rigorously enforced.

Stalking protection orders form part of a package of government action to coincide with 16 days of action following the 25 November International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. Introducing the new orders will require legislation which ministers said they will table as soon as possible.

Photo by Government of UK – https://www.gov.uk/government/people/amber-rudd, OGL 3, Link

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Sex abuse at Westminster


Last week home secretary Theresa May announced that that the Government will establish an independent, Hillsborough-type, urgent inquiry panel into how authorities may have ignored systematic child abuse in some of Britain’s most eminent institutions. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper welcomed the announcement but asked why her request for an inquiry 18 months ago was rejected.

So what has happened in so short a time to change the government’s mind? Read the full story

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