A major new programme of work to tackle domestic violence and abuse, which will seek to raise public awareness of the problem – as well as encourage victims to report their abusers and see them brought to justice – has been announced by the Prime Minister Theresa May.
Domestic abuse is an appalling crime. It is the worst possible violation of the trust that those in close relationships place in one another. It shatters the lives of its victims, and in some cases, leads to tragic and untimely deaths. That is why tackling domestic violence and abuse has been one of this Government’s top priorities.
In recent years much has been done to improve the response to domestic abuse, including the new offence of ‘Controlling and Coercive Behaviour’, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.
To build on these measures and deliver a system that increases convictions, and works better for victims, the Prime Minister has announced a major new programme of work, leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Domestic violence and abuse is a life shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime; tackling it is a key priority for this government – and something I have always attached a personal importance to, both as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister. I am clear that we need to build on the measures I introduced as Home Secretary – including the new offence of ‘Controlling and Coercive Behaviour’, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – and ensure that no stone will be left unturned in delivering a system that increases convictions, and works better for victims.”
If you have a concern about someone you know, or someone you are in a relationship with you should contact your police force on 101. You should always dial 999 in an emergency.