The government has today published a draft ‘Domestic Abuse Bill’ that will offer some hope to victims of this evil crime.
Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an “incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence” in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common”
Now that the new bill has been published it will do the following:
- introduce the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical abuse – this will enable everyone, including victims themselves, to understand what constitutes abuse and will encourage more victims to come forward
- establish a Domestic Abuse Commissioner to drive the response to domestic abuse issues
- introduce new Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to further protect victims and place restrictions on the actions of offenders
- prohibit the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts
- provide automatic eligibility for special measures to support more victims to give evidence in the criminal courts
Police take domestic abuse very seriously and this new legislation can only help end what is a dreadful crime and help victims and offer them protection and the support they need.
If you need more information and support please click here https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/ and http://www.gmp.police.uk/content/TriageWebsitePages/F438539B3080B010802580B1003F711F?OpenDocument
You can read the draft bill here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-consultation-response-and-draft-bill