In the news – DV decriminalised in Russia and rape culture in British court rooms
Reports of domestic violence have more than doubled in Russia’s fourth largest city since the Government reduced the punishmentfor spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one.
Police in Yekaterinburg responded to 350 incidents of domestic violence daily since the law was relaxed compared to 150 such incidents previously, according to the city’s mayor.
Yevgeny Roizman told Russian media: “Before, people were afraid of criminal charges — this acted as some kind of safety barrier. ...
More rape victims would come forward if a law allowing their sexual history to be brought up in court is changed, a Plaid Cymru MP has said.
Liz Saville Roberts, who tabled a private members' bill last week over the issue, said current legislation was "inadequate" for protecting victims.
It comes after the Ched Evans retrial jury was allowed to hear details about the sexual history of the complainant. He was cleared in October.
The UK government is reviewing the law.
Ms Saville Roberts said that victims enduring the "degrading and humiliating experience of being cross-examined on their sexual history" was "wholly unjust".
The Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP said she would be seeking an urgent meeting with Justice Secretary Liz Truss to discuss the review.
Four out of ten rapes are linked to domestic abuse, according to analysis of police figures published yesterday.
Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that 39 per cent — 8,878 of 22,561 — rapes of women recorded by police in the year to March 2016 were related to domestic abuse.
Katie Russell, a spokeswoman for Rape Crisis England and Wales, said: “The vast majority of those who are raped and sexually assaulted do know the perpetrator prior to the event.Download this post as PDF? Click here