Father of Clare Wood Calls for Rollout of Domestic Violence Law

After the murder of Clare Wood by her ex-partner, her father insists that the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) has to be rolled out across the UK.

This scheme would make it possible for everyone to get in touch with the police and check if their partner has in the past had any abusive offences.

Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Gwent, and Wiltshire are already trying the scheme. Аlso, please check out Health and Safety -HR documents.

The number of disclosure applications the police has received recently is significant. Their number is 102 for Wiltshire and only 39 for Gwent.

According to Michael Brown, Clare Wood’s father, this large number of applications meant people needed the change.

“At present the trial is only being used in four counties, but in those counties we are having anything up to 100 applications so far,” he said. “If you multiply that by the number of police forces in England and Wales, that’s somewhere in the region of 4,300 people a year being helped.”

The man who killed Clare Wood had in the past committed many violent and abusive offences against women. Ms Wood’s father believes Clare’s law would have saved the life of his daughter, as at that time she had no way to find out about the past acts of her partner.   Polly Neate, from the Women’s Aid charity, commented that in her view Clare’s Law would not be helpful to most of the victims of domestic violence.

“Many perpetrators of domestic violence do not have a previous conviction, so a woman might find out that her partner does not have a previous conviction but that doesn’t always mean he isn’t dangerous.”

In the words of policing minister Damian Green the government had set aside £40m in order to cope with domestic sexual violence.


Sentences in Certain Magistrates’ Courts Vary too Much

Investigations show that sentences in certain magistrates’ courts vary too much. The statistics of Ministry of Justice point out that a man convicted of a crime in Derbyshire is four times more likely to go to prison than a person with the same offense in Northumbria.By having said that do you have the HR Documents necessary for each company all over Great Britain?

This all happens regardless the existing strict national guidelines on sentencing.

An examining of the information given on sentences for the areas in England and Wales by the Howard League for Penal Reform, found that in 2011, 3.8 percent of cases resulted in a custodial sentence, and 4.3 percent in Wales. The percentage in England show a decrease by over a percent from 4.9 percent in 2001, and the Welsh figure has risen from 4.0 percent.

Statistics show different data when talking about immediate sentences- in Birmingham about 6 percent of criminals are given immediate jail sentences, while in London their percent is only four.

A “striking disparity” was found between sentencing rates of areas like Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Northumbria. The cases with imposed sentences in Northamptonshire were 6.5 per cent, for Warwickshire they were 1.5 per cent and for Northumbria they were 1.6 per cent

The magistrates’ court may set a maximum sentence of about six months for a single offense, or double for multiple aberrations.

The chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Frances Crook, said: “It is pleasing to see that magistrates’ courts are sending fewer people to prison overall than they have in the past.

According to him, the short-term prison sentence would not make the life of the person sentenced better. This could only make them either drug addicted or prone to re offend.


Results of a Poll Show Serious Problems in Maternity Leave and Working Place

Recent investigations point out that the problem of discrimination at work still exists for many women who get pregnant and decide to take maternity leave.

OnePoll organized a survey among 1,000 women which survey showed that most of them had faced discrimination in one way or another because of their maternity leave.

One in seven said that the maternity leave had cost them their working place and 2 in 5 of the asked women answered that after the end of their maternity leave their working hours were so cut that they could not work there anymore.

Another huge problem these women shared was that their employers did not support them in any way in order to return to their jobs. About a third of the asked said that in their opinion they were no more suitable for their previous working places and did not feel as they fitted there.

Employment law forbids discrimination against employee over maternity or paternity leave.

In spite of this, due to the hold poll only one in ten women ventured to speak to their employer’s HR department over suspected maternity discrimination.

The law firm Slater & Gordon commissioned the research and the final comment of their lawyer was that the results were “sad and shocking”.

“The big issue is that women are somehow seen as being less committed to their employers because they are now mothers,” said Ms Mangwana. “Many companies are settling out of court because they don’t want to be seen to be treating pregnant women or new mothers like this.

“But the awful thing is that I see the same major companies again and again and again, writing out these cheques – accompanied, of course, with a confidentiality clause.”

In a statement the Rosalind Bragg, from campaign group Maternity Action, announced that the number of pregnancy discrimination demands has doubled every year for the past three years.

In his opinion only a small percent of the women know their rights so they usually prefer not to spend time and energy to take any legal action against their employers but take care after their children.

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