It is in this context that the government is setting out wide-ranging new proposals for dealing with domestic abuse. The proposals (still to be consulted upon) include:
• Tougher criminal sentences where individuals are convicted of domestic abuse where children are involved
• Giving domestic abuse victims the same status as slavery or sex offence victims
• Greater support for and sensitivity towards victims giving evidence in court
• A new definition of ‘economic’ domestic abuse (e.g. victims being bullied into taking out loans)
• Allowing police greater freedom to disclose to potential victims information about previous violent offending by a new partner
• The electronic tagging of suspected domestic abusers
• The bringing in of Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs) that would allow police and courts to intervene earlier where abuse is suspected
• The creation of an independent domestic abuse commissioner
Although the proposals have been broadly well-received, there are some who question the government’s commitment to a long-term, sustainable funding plan for the refuge services and facilities that are so crucial in giving victims a viable escape route.
The consultation period will run until 31 May.
If you require further advice or want to speak to a member of our Family Law team contact Carline Gayle - Buckle at CarlineG@moore-tibbits.co.uk or call 01926 491181