Jeremy welcomes landmark Domestic Abuse Bill

Jeremy has welcomed the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill which received its Second Reading in Parliament last week.

The Bill will introduce the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse, recognising that abuse can take many different forms – including psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional.

It will strengthen protections for victims of domestic abuse, and crack down on perpetrators. Measures include banning abusers from cross-examining their victims in court and launching new protection orders to restrict abusers.

Commenting, Jeremy said: “It is very welcome that the Domestic Abuse Bill has passed its Second Reading. This landmark piece of legislation will provide an opportunity to make sure we take a step change in the approach we take to supporting victims and to dealing with domestic abuse. I look forward to working with colleagues across the House of Commons to ensure it becomes Law at the earliest opportunity.”

The Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Victoria Atkins MP, said: “I am delighted the Domestic Abuse Bill has passed its Second Reading – it represents a huge step forward in our response to domestic abuse and will help us to stop the cycle of violence. This legislation underpins this Government’s commitment to clamp down on all types of crime and improve the criminal justice system for victims.”