A year after Minister of Justice Truss’s proposals for the protection of complainants of domestic abuse from direct questioning by their alleged abusers saw light in the Prison and Courts Bill cl 47 (lost in the June 2017 election), the Government has produced a consultation paper, ‘Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse’, on the much wider pallet of all aspects of domestic abuse.
Its introduction (trailed in last year’s Queen’s speech) makes the point that any violence cannot be tolerated; but that it is so much worse ‘when it is carried out by those who are supposedly closest to the victims’. The introduction goes on:
'This Government is committed to doing everything we can to end domestic abuse. To achieve this we need to build a society that has zero tolerance towards domestic abuse and actively empowers victims, communities and professionals to confront and challenge it. We are determined to ensure victims feel safe and supported, both to seek help and to rebuild their lives.'
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