Domestic Abuse: A Landmark Legislation

In the news this week, a new ‘landmark’ legislation has been announced, that will serve comfort for victims of domestic abuse.

The government has enforced new measures to better protect and support victims of domestic abuse and their families and tackle offenders.

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 2 million people aged 16-59 are estimated to experience domestic abuse each year. With these new laws in place, victims should receive more protection and be encouraged to speak out and come forward, according to the Government.

This long-awaited legislation will also, for the first time, expand on the definition of domestic abuse, to include non-physical abuse, such as economic abuse, controlling and manipulative abuse. The change in the law will also ban abusers from cross-examining victims in family courts.

Here’s what to expect from the draft bill:

  • New plans will be put in place to force perpetrators into behaviour-changing rehabilitation programmes
  • Victims will be automatically entitled for special protection during their time in court and giving evidence during trial
  • A national ‘’Domestic Abuse Commissioner’’ will be appointed and tasked to ensure that victims and those at risk have effective services provided.

Non-legislative action will also see that children and any other victims of domestic abuse, including elderly, disabled, male, migrant and LGBTQ victims will receive more support.

If you believe you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who is, talk to Robertsons Solicitors today. No one should feel at threat within a relationship. We will chat with you and appoint a specialist to you to ensure you receive the expert support you need. 

We are experienced in dealing with all aspects of Family Law, especially domestic abuse. If you are in a violent relationship it is important to remember that you are not alone – once you’ve spoken to us, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

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