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Domestic Violence: A Public Matter to Which the State Has Responsibilities To Prevent

This article was written for Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre's blog. Introduction The correct terminology for violence that takes place in close adult relationships is all but settled, given that it is a wider problem than the term ‘battered wives’ would suggest. ‘Domestic violence’ (“DV” hereafter) will, therefore, be used in light of the definitions provided in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012[1] and Yemshaw v Hounslow LBC [2011] UKSC 3.[2] ‘DV’ will, therefore, be engaged as meaning any incident of or continuing behaviour that is controlling, coercive or threatening, whether violence or abuse (whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional). S

Revenge Porn: The Case for Reform

This article was written for Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre's Blog. 1. Introduction The uploading of intimate still or moving photography of former sexual partners, an act commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’, is becoming an ever-increasing problem. Official statistics are yet to be released but, according to eight British police forces, there have been 149 allegations of revenge pornography related crimes in the last two-and-a-half years.[1] Few of which have led to convictions.[2] Victims, across numerous jurisdictions, include high-profile celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kelly Brook, whist many more non-celebrities are finding their intimate photography online, hosted by dedic

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