Isobel Ringwood

Domestic abuse law will not end violence at home

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The new Domestic Abuse Bill aims to broaden the definitions of abuse and to improve the support available for victims. The main hope for this new legislation is that by more accurately defining abuse, more victims will get help. This comes at a time when domestic abuse charities and campaigners, both in the UK and across the world, have reported a surge in calls to helplines and online services during the lockdown. Currently, many who report abuse are told to come back when they are physically assaulted, as this is the only form of domestic abuse the law recognises.

Domestic abuse law will not end violence at home

Issue section: 

The new Domestic Abuse Bill aims to broaden the definitions of abuse and to improve the support available for victims. The main hope for this new legislation is that by more accurately defining abuse, more victims will get help. This comes at a time when domestic abuse charities and campaigners, both in the UK and across the world, have reported a surge in calls to helplines and online services during the lockdown. Currently, many who report abuse are told to come back when they are physically assaulted, as this is the only form of domestic abuse the law recognises.

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