The crime survey for England and Wales showed that nearly 2 million people in the UK live with domestic abuse and violence everyday. New legislation could see perpetrators of abuse electronically tagged and banned from drinking alcohol.
The Prime Minister Theresa May stated, “We will recognise the lasting impact domestic abuse can have on families by allowing for tougher sentences in cases involving children, and will better protect victims with new domestic abuse protection orders, which allow police and courts to intervene earlier. We will also create a domestic abuse commissioner to act as a national champion for victims” More of her comments can be found here.
It is hoped that by tagging perpetrators it will be easier to understand patterns of abuse, and prevent any future violence. Breaching the order will be classed as a criminal offence.
The government have provided £20m for accommodation-based services such as refuges. Data shows bed spaces have increased by 10% since 2010.
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