Spotlight
Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Spotlight
Latest articles
The need for proportionality and the ‘Covid impact’
Simon Wilkinson, Parklane PlowdenThe Covid-19 pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Within the courts and tribunals service there has been a plethora of guidance since March 2020 which...
Local authority input into private law proceedings, part II
Mani Singh Basi, Barrister, 4 Paper BuildingsLucy Logan Green, Barrister, 4 Paper BuildingThis article considers the interplay between private and public law proceedings, focusing on the law relating...
Time for change (II)
Lisa Parkinson, Family mediation trainer, co-founder and a Vice-President of the Family Mediators AssociationThe family law community needs to respond to the urgent call for change from the...
How Can I Wed Thee? – Let Me Change the Ways: the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper on ‘Weddings’ Law (2020)
Professor Chris Barton, A Vice-President of the Family Mediators Association, Academic Door Tenant, Regent Chambers, Stoke-on-TrentThis article considers the Paper's 91 Consultation Questions...
Consultation on the proposed transfer of the assessment of all civil legal aid bills of costs to the Legal Aid Agency
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on the proposed transfer from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service to the Legal Aid Agency of the assessment of all civil legal aid bills of...
View all articles
Authors

'Landmark' Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament

Jul 16, 2019, 12:33 PM
Domestic abuse; Domestic Abuse Bill 2019, domestic violence, spousal abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, economic abuse
Slug :
Meta Title : 'Landmark' Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : Yes
Prioritise In Trending Articles : Yes
Date : Jul 16, 2019, 12:32 PM
Article ID :

The government’s Domestic Abuse Bill is introduced in Parliament today, signalling a major step forward in transforming the response to this crime.

Seen as a large part of Prime Minister Theresa May's legacy, the Bill is considered to be the most comprehensive package ever presented to Parliament to tackle domestic abuse, both in supporting victims and in bringing perpetrators to justice.

Following extensive work with stakeholders and charities, the government carried out a public consultation on measures to be included in the Bill that saw more than 3,200 responses.

The Domestic Abuse Bill proposes creating a dedicated domestic abuse commissioner, and would place a duty on local councils to offer secure homes for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Other measures in the Bill include:

  • introducing the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse, which will include economic abuse
  • introducing new Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to further protect victims and place restrictions on the actions of offenders
  • prohibiting the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts
  • providing automatic eligibility for special measures to support more victims to give evidence in the criminal courts
 

The Prime Minister, who launched the consultation at Downing Street in March last year, said: ‘Domestic abuse can take many forms, from horrific physical violence to coercive behaviour that robs people of their self-esteem, their freedom and their right to feel safe in their own homes, but the immense bravery I’ve seen demonstrated by survivors is consistent throughout. We have a duty not only to bring the perpetrators of these vile crimes to justice, but to support victims as they rebuild their lives. This Bill will help us do just that and represents a true step-change in our approach.’

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Domestic abuse destroys lives and tears families apart, but all too often it is hidden behind closed doors. This landmark Bill is an opportunity to help those who suffer this deeply harmful crime and support those who bring the perpetrators to justice.’

A draft of the Bill was published in January and can be read here.

Categories :
  • News
Tags :
  • Domestic Abuse Bill, domestic violence, domestic abuse,
Authors
Provider :
Product Bucket : Domestic Violence
Load more comments
Comment by from