Announcement: Plans for a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act

Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work to bring forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act in February 2017.

She said: “I believe that the plans I have announced today have the potential to completely transform the way we think about and tackle domestic violence and abuse.”

The programme looks at ways to improve support for victims; with a particular focus on the consistency of law and legal procedures. Work will be overseen by the Prime Minister’s Office and coordinated by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

Like the Modern Slavery Act, the Prime Minister believes that the measures that come out of this work will raise public awareness of the problem – as well as encourage survivors to report their abusers and see them brought to justice.

The Guardian and the Independent reported on this announcement, which was followed by further changes to rules on legal aid for survivors.


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