Johnson promises new domestic abuse bill

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Boris Johnson has confirmed the federal government will introduce a new bill aimed tackling the “horrific crime” of domestic abuse when Parliament returns.

Previous laws, forcing councils to offer shelter for victims, was dropped after the prime minister suspended proceedings at Westminster.

Several charities wrote to him, asking for a “clear” pledge to reintroduce it within the Queen’s Speech on 14 October.

Mr Johnson stated he was “fully committed” to such a transfer.

The Domestic Abuse Bill, launched with cross-party assist by Theresa May’s authorities in July, would place a authorized obligation on councils to supply safe houses for these fleeing violence, and their youngsters.

Applying to England and Wales, it proposed the primary authorities definition of domestic abuse, together with monetary abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical behaviour.

It would additionally:

  • Create a Domestic Abuse Commissioner, to champion survivors and maintain native and nationwide authorities to account.
  • Set up Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, permitting police and courts to intervene earlier the place abuse is suspected
  • Prohibit the cross-examination of victims by their abusers within the household courts

When the bill was launched in July, then Victims Minister Victoria Atkins stated it addressed “an injustice that has long needed to be tackled”.

It is estimated that nearly two million adults in England and Wales are victims of domestic abuse yearly.

Local authority spending on refuges for victims fell from £31m in 2010 to £23m in 2017.

Charities say there’s a extreme lack of companies in lots of areas, and victims are being turned away after they search assist as a result of refuges with diminished budgets can not address demand.

Women’s Aid stated victims’ companies had been working “on a shoestring”.

The suspension – prorogation – of Parliament means all payments at present passing by the Commons and Lords are misplaced, except the federal government decides to hold them over to the following session. The Domestic Abuse Bill was a kind of misplaced when Parliament closed within the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Lost payments may be reintroduced within the Queen’s Speech, setting out the federal government’s agenda, however all progress made thus far in Parliament is undone.

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