Call for new Domestic Violence laws welcomed

On Friday 17th February the Prime Minister announced her intention to introduce new laws to tackle domestic abuse in England and Wales.

Theresa May has launched a major consultation and invited organisations to submit ideas on how treatment of victims can be improved and increase the number of convictions against abusers.

The announcement has led to this response from Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety

Cllr Spurell, who recently led an anti-violence awareness campaign in the city, said: “I welcome this announcement for increased clarity in laws aimed at tackling domestic abuse.

“Many victims are still afraid to come forward due to the inconsistencies in how they and their case will be treated and so this review is long overdue.

“In Liverpool, despite serious funding cuts, this year we have maintained our level of investment of around £1.1 million into services tackling domestic abuse.

“This includes funding domestic abuse agencies, refuge provision, target hardening to help victims remain in their homes and independent domestic violence advocates.

“Working with our partners, Liverpool City Council has led the effort to ensure stable provision for victims of domestic abuse, in particular those at highest risk of harm.

“However, demand continues to rise and challenges remain including the need to support individuals with complex needs such as alcohol and drug use.

“So while I welcome this announcement from the Prime Minister, I also hope the new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act will recognise the need for more funding to be made available for all domestic abuse services, in particular, the gaps in refuge provision and support for children who have been affected by abuse.

“I would encourage all local organisations to get involved with the consultation and ensure that the voices of domestic abuse victims are at the heart of the new legislation.”