APCC Victims Leads welcome the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill
APCC Victims Leads, Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime & Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner welcome the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill.
“This legislation is an important and necessary step to better protect victims of domestic abuse and bring the perpetrators of these abhorrent crimes to justice.
“Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are responsible for commissioning victims services locally and tackling domestic abuse is a key priority. Measures brought forward in the Bill will better equip PCCs and the wider criminal justice system to support victims. For instance, the New Domestic Abuse Protection Orders should provide strengthened tools for placing restrictions on the actions of offenders, whilst prohibiting the cross-examination of victims by their abusers. In addition, automatic eligibility for special measures in courts will ensure victims will always get the help they need to give their evidence confidently and without fear.
“Whilst this Bill provides an opportunity to tackle domestic abuse, it is important that resources are committed to support and drive these positive measures.
“We also need to ensure that every victim is supported and protected, wherever they live and whatever situation they face. Tomorrow, the National Rural Crime Network will report on the particular challenges for victims in rural areas and it is important that its findings are also taken into account when developing this legislation.
We will look to engage with the detail in the legislation as it progresses through Parliament”