The government has said that the Prime Minister will directly oversee the creation of new domestic abuse law in England and Wales.
It said that the current law lacks clarity and it is unacceptable that some areas worked harder than others in tackling domestic abuse.
The aim of the new act would be to address inconsistency and make the law work better for the victims of domestic abuse.
Mrs May explains, “Domestic violence and abuse is a life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime. There are thousands of people who are suffering at the hands of abusers – often isolated, and unaware of the options and support available to them to end it.”
Although it is uncertain what shape the new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act will take, the government is consulting with experts who work with victims of domestic abuse. Their ideas and suggestions will help shape the new law.
Chief Executive of anti-abuse charity SafeLives, Diana Barran, says that she’d like the domestic abuse legislation simplified and consolidated.
In her 6 years as home secretary, Theresa May introduced domestic violence protection orders and a new offence against controlling and coercive behaviour. And, prosecutions and convictions have risen in recent years.
Samantha Lee, Head of Family Law and domestic abuse lawyer, says “I welcome clarification and consolidation of the domestic abuse laws, and any moves that make it easier for victims to access justice is positive.”
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