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Judicial review decision on legal aid provision
Judicial review decision on legal aid provision

A key legal judgement has been issued today which improves the protection of complainers’ human rights within the Scottish justice system.  Rape Crisis Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to put processes in place to ensure that complainers are informed of their rights to oppose applications for their medical or other sensitive records.

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Scottish Women's Rights Centre - free legal surgeries
Scottish Women's Rights Centre - free legal surgeries The Scottish Women's Rights Centre is now offering free legal surgeries to women in Glasgow and Lanarkshire. The SWRC legal surgeries are available by appointment and offer free legal information and advice to women survivors of gender based violence. This is a broad term which encompasses a range of crimes against women including sexual crimes, domestic abuse, stalking, harassment (including sexual harassment), trafficking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) and others....

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New forced marriage legislation
New forced marriage legislation New legislation around Forced Marriage came into effect on 30 September 2014 - Section 122 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the Act) came into effect on 30 September 2014 and makes it an offence to force someone into marriage in Scotland....

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Istanbul Convention now in force
Istanbul Convention now in force Rape Crisis Scotland welcomes the news that the Istanbul Convention is now in force as of Friday 1st August ; 14 member states of the Council of Europe have ratified this new human rights treaty and a further 22 states have signed it. The Istanbul Convention is a European treaty whose provisions will enable the member states to challenge and prevent violence against women effectively, and to meet the needs of those who have had these crimes perpetrated against them. The Convention outlines minimum standards to prevent, prosecute and protect women from rape and physical violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), stalking, forced abortion, honour violence and forced marriage. Although the UK Government is a signatory to the Convention, it has yet to ratify it . Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged states which have not already done so, to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention : "All need to act now to improve the lives of the many women and girls who are subjected to violence, simply because of their gender," he said in a statement....

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Corroboration briefing
Corroboration briefing The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill 2013 currently going through parliament proposes a number of changes to the criminal justice system. The Stage 1 debate will be held in the Parliament on Thursday the 27th of February. One of the key changes is the removal of the requirement for corroboration in criminal cases. We are calling on MSPs to support the removal and improve access to justice for survivors. This briefing intends to address some of the key questions and concerns which have been raised as part of this debate. What is Corroboration? Why should it go? What will the removal mean?...

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Corroboration debate - please lobby your MSP
Corroboration debate - please lobby your MSP If you are passionate about making real change that could benefit survivors of sexual violence, please join Rape Crisis Scotland in our appeal to MSPs to support the proposal to remove the current requirement for corroboration in Scotland....

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Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: A Rape Crisis Scotland Briefing
Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: A Rape Crisis Scotland Briefing Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a Briefing Paper on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill , which was introduced by the Scottish Government following Lord Carloway’s review and takes forward his recommendations. Although the Bill covers a range of measures, our focus is very much on matters of concern to victims of sexual crimes. The deadline for submissions to the Justice Committee is 5 pm Friday 30 August 2013 . You can download the Rape Crisis Scotland Briefing here ....

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