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I call for a new court system.
And new judges.
"My biggest concern has always been my boys - they are completely well adjusted, happy and thriving.
"Their dad has been in their lives in a productive but small way over the years,
The Government claims it has made domestic violence a priority but this edition of Dispatches investigates the effectiveness of its policies and the funding set aside for tackling the biggest killer of women under 44 in the UK.
Government figures show that around two women a week are murdered by their partners, and up to ten suicides every week are attributed to domestic violence. Yet preventing it and bringing perpetrators to justice is hugely difficult.
Dispatches examines why women frequently refuse to press charges against their abuser. It follows one young victim from the point at which she walks into the police station to make a complaint.
...women should be held in units near their families and not in large jails like the one in Holloway, London.
If adopted by the home secretary, Baroness Corston's approach would see Holloway and about 14 other all-female prisons in England and Wales shut down or converted into jails for men.
Lady Corston is also expected to recommend a significant cut in the overall number of women who are sent to jail, with greater use of community punishments instead.
...There are currently 4,300 women in jail in England and Wales, and campaigners want better treatment and support to stop them re-offending.
Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said "prison simply doesn't work" for women.
A father came home from work to discover that his wife had murdered their two young sons then hanged herself.
Richard Talby found the bodies of his wife, Susan, and sons Joseph, 4, and Paul, 2, at his home in Peterborough on Thursday evening. The boys are thought to have been suffocated or strangled. Mr Talby's father, John Talby, told The Times that Mrs Talby had suffered from postnatal depression after her younger son was born, but appeared to have overcome it.
...This week, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance to the NHS urging doctors and midwives to do more to identify women at risk of postnatal depression. As many as one in seven suffers a mental health disorder at some point during pregnancy or after the birth. However, experts believe that the number of sufferers who have a diagnosis could be as low as 30 per cent.
... When the basic concept of "if you violate someone's civil rights so I make money, I'll give you some of the money" is applied in the private sector we call it, payola, bribery, or maybe even racketeering, depending on the specifics of what was done and how it was done of course. However, when government violates your civil rights under the colour of law it is called an incentive program.
...This has proven to make seeking a fair ruling or other actions within the family courts, like reasonable child support orders, much like asking the county employees involved to take a voluntary pay cut...
...So, defendant, now you know the truth. You lost before your case was ever filed. This is by design. And it is all about the money.
...The killing of three teenagers within ten days comes after well-publicised warnings for at least two years by police and social workers that easy access to guns, grinding poverty, the grip of drugs on some drab estates, unemployment, the growth of gangs and an embedded culture of criminality were creating a chronic, violent underclass.
...The causes accelerating this downward spiral are as clear as they are controversial. At heart is the breakdown, or often complete absence, of family structure, especially within the black community. Much work has been done, often by black sociologists who have risked the opprobrium of community "activists", on the disastrous absence of fathers, who do not know, care about or pay for their children and who leave young black males without any role models, at home or at school, to instil values or a sense of self-worth.
...It is a question of changing a culture, with zero tolerance of even petty crime, confiscation of criminal assets, curfews, and above all holding to account feckless parents and criminal role models. Only then can police hope to prevent the brutal murder of boys in their beds.
The gap between the number of men and women applying to university has grown fivefold under Labour as evermore women opt to take a degree.
While the Government trumpeted record numbers of teenagers wanting to continue with further education yesterday, academics voiced concerns about the widening rift between the sexes.
Between 1998 and 2007, 14,305 more men applied for university places, compared to 51,214 more women. This gap has increased every year for six years.
Malcolm Grant, Provost of University College London, gave warning that unless the trend slowed, colleges could become male-free zones.
He said: "We are concerned because you'd think that if we had an equality of genders in society, it would be reflected in their performance at A level and university.
"We need to understand what it is that's causing young men not to thrive in the A-level culture and not to choose to apply to university. The male participation rate is sufficiently divergent that we'd expect it to continue."
Professor Grant's comments echo widely-held fears, already expressed to ministers, that young men face being locked out of university and marginalised in the jobs market.
Three girls who were imprisoned by their mother in a house, of indescribable filth, for seven years, may never recover from the ordeal, experts said last night.
The girls were shut away from the outside world, existing in almost complete darkness, playing only with mice and communicating in their own language.
When they were discovered, their home in a smart, upper middle-class suburb had no running water and was filled with waste and excrement a metre high. The floor was corroded by mice urine.
...The girls' ordeal was apparently sparked by their parents' divorce, after which their mother, a 53-year-old lawyer, suffered a breakdown. But she won custody of the girls -- then aged 7, 11 and 13 -- and withdrew them from school ...
...Her husband, a local judge in Linz, Upper Austria, named only as Andreas M, was not allowed to see them once, despite his claims for access reaching court nine times.
... The mother was said to have been summoned to court nine times during the seven years after complaints by the father and neighbours, but officials never found a reason to investigate the case more closely.
...Waltraud Kubelka, a therapist who is now treating the three girls, said that their psychosocial and physical development was "catastrophic". "The oldest one is doing very badly and has no prospects of recovery. She was severely undernourished and practically anorexic after her release. The two younger ones will need years to come to terms with their horrific childhood.
When the police, the lawyers, the doctors and the juries have investigated the allegations of rape, only some 5% lead to convictions. And there is no evidence to be found anywhere else to suggest that most of the other 95% of those accused men are simply getting away with rape. There is, however, plenty of evidence to suggest that many women are making false accusations of rape and that the media and the politicians - with very few exceptions - are doing their very best to block any discussion about this.