domestic violence

New safeguarding boss promises action and support for victims

A new Safeguarding body on St Helena is already reported to be bringing new concerns to light, two months after it was set up to protect people from abuse and violence. A specialist detective now works solely on sex and domestic violence cases, and two new protection officers are helping to improve the management of offenders. …

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Incest and violence ‘not uncommon’ says 1990s governor

Problems with sex abuse and domestic violence on St Helena were acknowledged in print by a former governor more than a decade before the issue became an international scandal. David Smallman’s brief mention of the issue shows action was being taken against at least some offenders – but it does not undermine allegations made in …

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April’s degree will help solve island’s social ills

University graduate April Lawrence will be returning to Half Tree Hollow in October 2013 with skills that could be used to tackle social problems on St Helena. She has been awarded a strong 2:1 degree in Sociology and Psychology by the University of Portsmouth. Her studies included modules on childhood, youth and social problems, crime …

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Domestic violence on St Helena: six arrests in three months

St Helena Police dealt with seven incidents of domestic violence in the space of three months between August and November 2012. One of the people arrested was a woman. The cases have all been detailed in the island’s weekly crime bulletin.  Reports by DETECTIVE SERGEANT CLARENCE ROBERTS Monday 13 August 2012: During the early hours, police …

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UK offers to help reduce offenders’ risk to island society

St Helena and other Overseas Territories are being offered help to deal with criminals who need specialist treatment to manage their behaviour – including sex offenders. The UK government’s White Paper says smaller territories often lack facilities to treat people who need such help, though it does not say whether this is the case for …

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