Online grooming offences

The NSPCC has released figures which show that there were 5,161 crimes of sexual communication with a child recorded in the 18 months following April 2017 when sexual communication with a child became an offence. Figures show that: there has been an almost 50% increase in offences recorded in the latest six months compared to the same period in the previous year, and a 200% rise in recorded instances of the use of Instagram over the same time period.

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Breaking Down the Barriers: National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence

AVA and Agenda have launched the report Breaking Down The Barriers, with the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The report warns of devastating consequences for women and their families because they are not able to get the support they need. Time and again the signs of abuse are not picked up by professionals. Too often women are bounced around or even turned away from services. Mothers are particularly let down, with the fear of losing their children preventing them from accessing help.

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