Record Numbers of Online Child Sexual Abuse Imagery in New Report

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Susie Hargreaves

As I head towards my fifth anniversary leading the IWF, there is one consistent factor - we're always changing and growing and 2015 was no exception. Today we'll be publishing our latest figures. What stands out, is the dramatic increase in the number of confirmed reports of illegal imagery since we started actively searching for child sexual abuse images and videos.

A Voice For Victims

David Swindle | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
David Swindle

As a former senior police officer, high profile murder detective, head of public protection and creator of Operation Anagram (set up to trace victims of serial killer Peter Tobin), I have always been compassionate about looking at crimes from a victim focused perspective.

Cruellest Crime: Why MPs Must Pledge to Stop Pet Thieves

Rachael Millar | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics
Rachael Millar

Liam is 10 years old. His best friend is Lola, a miniature schnauzer. The photo above shows the two together - best mates hanging out. But Liam doesn't know where his canine playmate is right now because she was snatched by dog thieves last year. All he wants is for her to come back home, back where she belongs..

Preventable or Inevitable? Stopping Child Sexual Abuse Before It Starts

Donald Findlater | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Donald Findlater

If we care about children's safety, it is time we focused scarce resources on preventing abuse - by better protecting children and by helping those with the potential to offend to lead good lives. Such an approach is better for children, better for families and better for those with the potential to do children harm. It is also better for the public purse. Child sexual abuse is preventable. It is not inevitable.

How Not to Be a Victim of Life: The Clink

Jojo Furnival | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

My waiter, the chefs and all the guys at The Clink HMP Brixton appear to be smart, courteous, well trained and as suited to the job as any restaurant staff I've come across. But more than that, they have an air of hope about them.

'What Have We Done to Deserve This?' - Victims of Police Custody Deaths Long for Recognition

Daniel Machover | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Machover

Our criminal justice system has long discriminated against those who have lost family members at the hands of the police. Instead of being recognised as victims, such families are victimised from the very first meeting with the police onwards.

We Need to Do More to Support Victims of Crime

Mike Penning | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Penning

Being a victim of crime can be a deeply traumatising experience. It's a time when people are at their most vulnerable, and the prospect of having to deal with the criminal justice system can be incredibly daunting...

Don't Walk this Way - How Your Steps Tell Psychopaths who to Attack

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

One specific type of body language that reliably distinguishes victims from non-victims is gait. A previous study found prison inmates who had been convicted of sexual assault identified targets as vulnerable because of certain motions within their walk.

MP Falters at Victim-led Justice

Felicity Gerry | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

Surprising stuff at the IARS Victim conference last week as a UK Government Minister appeared to falter over victim led justice by suggesting that the EU Victim Directive 2012/29/EU ("The Victim Directive") required new domestic law and would need further consultation before implementation on the meaning of "victim".

Rolf Harris Won't Get To Appeal His Sex Conviction

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults. A spokes...

Why We Should Remove 'Victim' From Our Vocabulary

Sophie Pope | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Do we really want to go through life being labelled a victim? The word 'victim' connotes frailty. It says 'handle with care', 'don't push it', 'poor thing'. Do we want to be looked at that way just because of an isolated incident that happened through no fault of our own?

Victim Shaming and Alcohol Blaming: Rape Culture and Those who Should Know Better

Sophie Pope | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Here's a controversial thought: Rape happens when an attacker decides to commit it. One in three rape cases occur when the victim has been drinking, and three in three rapes occur when the rapists decide to defile the power of the word 'no'.

A Lack of Convictions

Phil Bowen | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Phil Bowen

It is time to focus on the quality of delivery, not issue new policy documents. The process to review and support practitioners working in these specialised courts, which used to be in place and was abandoned, needs to be revitalised. And in revitalising that, the courts themselves need to be re-energised and need to look at new developments in the evidence

Salford Police to Online Harasment Victims: 'Close Your Facebook Account'

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

A Greater Manchester Police force came under fire yesterday for appearing to downplay the seriousness of online harassment. In a Facebook status, GMP Salford East posted: "If you are being 'Harassed' on facebook please follow these instructions: 1. Close your facebook account".

Did Police Victimise the Very People They Should Have Been Protecting?

Bob Morgan | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK
Bob Morgan

It is serious enough if police fail to investigate a major crime or mishandle something which leads to the deaths of innocent people - to then try to damage the reputation of the family and friends or the victims to cover up failings is a dreadful and cynical thing to do and we should not tolerate it.

Could Aggressive Treatment of Vulnerable Witnesses Be About to Change?

Javed Khan | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

The aggressive questioning of vulnerable witnesses in court was exposed again this week with solicitor general Oliver Heald calling for change at the dispatch box. We've all heard stories of children - many of them victims of horrific sex crimes - being thrown to the wolves in court and it needs to stop.

Criminals Must Pay More for Their Crimes

Helen Grant | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

We all know crime doesn't pay, but we increasingly expect it to pay back. Of course the true cost of crime isn't financial: it's the pain and misery caused to innocent victims and communities. Yet at the moment criminals contribute less than one pound in every six to supporting victims. This balance is utterly wrong and it needs to change now.

Communities Must Pull Together in Wake of Woolwich Murder

Javed Khan | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

This murder is a reminder of how damaging a crime can be to the wider community... as a proud British Muslim I am not afraid to admit that seeing the story in the morning papers made me uneasy - just as I felt uneasy after the 7/7 bombings.

Is Masculinity in Crisis?

Grainne Gillis | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grainne Gillis

The real issue here is that men are finally starting to be held accountable for their bad behaviour (as a gender) - and they don't like it. It is akin to children throwing their toys out of the pram, because they are asked to share them.

Reducing Britain's Re-Offending Rate Needs Victim Focus

Javed Khan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

It's no secret that the re-offending rate in this country remains far too high and that the public find it alarming. What's less publicised is what victims think about all this. Time and again victims tell me that, yes they want those who committed a crime to be punished, but also they want them to be rehabilitated.

Victims Have Felt Intimidated and Confused for Too Long

Helen Grant | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

Too often victims feel intimidated and forgotten, treated as an afterthought by a 'system' that makes their already horrific experience worse. As Victims' Minister my role is to champion the needs of victims and ensure that their voices are heard. One of the ways I am tackling this is by revising the Victims' Code.

How Do We Stamp Out Profit From Human Misery?

Helen Grant | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

Human trafficking is a scourge. It does not discriminate and permeates across age, race, sex and gender; it crushes self confidence and destroys lives. Its victims are often some of the most vulnerable members of society, separated from family and friends and with no access to financial help or support, they can become forgotten victims. As victims' minister my role is to ensure that they are not forgotten, but it is a job I can't do alone.

Britain's Not More Peaceful for the Victims

Javed Khan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

We've heard today that new research suggests Britain is becoming a "more peaceful" place with violent crime falling by a quarter over the last decade. The European Institute for Peace thinks violent crime is falling faster here than anywhere else in Europe - though it still costs us £124billion.

Domestic Abuse Will Only Be Stopped if Every One of Us Refuses to Accept It

Helen Grant | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

In England and Wales one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse over the course of their lifetime, and in the last year around 400,000 women were sexually assaulted and 60,000 raped. Behind each of those horrifying statistics is a woman or child whose life has been ruined.

Stalking Is a Crime and It's Time to Act

Helen Grant | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

Stalking is a real problem in the UK - in the last year, 4% of women and 3% of men reported having experienced stalking (Crime Survey for England and Wales 2011/12). For those affected it can have serious and long term impact.