Paul Hunt

My attention this week has been drawn towards the devastating case of Poppi Worthington. Poppi was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow in December 2012 and died in suspicious circumstances at the age of 13 months. Her father, Paul Worthington, 48, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault but was not charged with any offence. Following the findings of senior Family Court Judge, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, the CPS is now reviewing the case. It is understood the case will be re-examined at the highest level.

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Coercive Control – New Law Comes Into Force

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

A much anticipated addition to the domestic violence legislations has come into force. The new law, brought into force in England and Wales, follows a Home Office consultation in which 85% of participants said the existing law did not provide sufficient protection. This new addition provides for criminal sanctions for coercive control which stop short of actual physical violence. It comes as Citizens Advice published figures showing a 24% rise in those seeking advice for domestic abuse.

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More New Borns In Care

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

A report prepared by the University of Lancaster has indicated that in 2008 there were 802 babies involved in care proceedings from birth and more recently that number has sadly risen to 2,018. Of these children approximately half were removed from the care of mother’s who already had other children in the care system and a third were from women who became mothers as teenagers.

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Easier divorces for Roman Catholics?

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

Pope Frances recently announced changes to the way in which the Catholic Church will deal with the issue of annulment of marriages. In what is only the third revision of the process in the Church’s 2000 year history, the Vatican is making it easier for Catholic marriages to be annulled as Pope Francis pushes the reform to create a more accessible and less complicated process. The move is somewhat of a dramatic departure from Pope Francis’s more conservative predecessors who made efforts to make annulments more difficult to obtain.

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Seeing Is Not Always Believing

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

As the evolution of technology provides us with greater efficiency and diversity it also opens the door to increasing communication channels; the capabilities of reaching people is vast. A triumph for technology you might say! However, our tech-savvy world has also opened its door to increased opportunities for the exchange of unwanted communications, whether this is an abusive text message or a threatening email for example. This can be particularly prevalent during, or following, the breakdown of a relationship where emotions can run high.

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