More powers to support survivors of domestic abuse

Today, marking International Women’s Day, the Prime Minister has launched a review into new laws and stronger powers to put safety and support for survivors at the heart of Government efforts to stamp out Domestic Abuse.

Conservatives are proposing tough new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, which will help protect victims against further abuse by enabling courts to impose a range of conditions on abusers. These could be compulsory alcohol treatment, attending a programme to address their underlying attitudes or addictions, and using electronic tagging to monitor them. Under these new proposals, breaching the order would become a criminal offence.

Former police officer and Deputy Leader of Wirral's Conservatives, Councillor Lesley Rennie, said: "A couple of weeks ago, the Home Secretary came to Wirral to meet with the staff at Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre and heard first hand how more support is needed for survivors and tougher action on those responsible.

"I'm pleased to see that, today, the Government is now proposing the first ever statutory definition of Domestic Abuse, recognising that abuse is not just physical, but can take many different forms – including psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuse.

"I know from my work as a police officer in Wallasey that domestic abuse too often also has a massive impact on the lives of the children who suffer from or witness it. That’s why we have proposed the creation of a statutory aggravating factor in sentencing, similar to those that we already have for hate crimes, for tougher sentences for domestic abuse when that abuse involves or affects a child."

"These measures have the potential to completely transform the way we tackle domestic abuse, providing better protection to victims and bringing more perpetrators to justice. Nearly 2 million people – the majority of them women – live with domestic abuse every day, and the impact on their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, is devastating."