Although domestic abuse is a term which many are familiar with, there is at present, no statutory definition for the act(s) itself.
The Domestic Abuse Bill 2019 sets out to change this whilst also bringing new measures into the fold.
The Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability (Victoria Atkins) states that
‘domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime perpetrated on victims and their families by those who should love and care for them’.
Examples of the new measures sought by the government are to include:
- Raising awareness of domestic abuse and the impact it can have on the victims and their family members.
- Using statutory agencies to strengthen the support received by victims
Another key aspect of this bill is the introduction of a new Notice and Order.
The Domestic Abuse Protection Notice would provide sufferers of domestic abuse immediate protection following an incident which can be issued by the police. These can require the perpetrator to leave the property for up to 48 hours.
The new Domestic Abuse Protection Order would give flexibility for the duration of protection a sufferer can seek dependant on circumstances of the case.
While there are already Orders that can be accessed through the Courts, the new proposed Order and Notice can be accessed through criminal, family and civil Courts.
Sufferers with low income need not worry about the financial aspect of seeking an Order/Notice within the civil Courts as the Legal Aid Agency would cover these Order/Notices.
If you have any queries regarding Domestic Abuse. Please feel free to talk to our specialist Domestic Abuse team at Ringrose Law. We have offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Newark, Sleaford and Spalding.