Local councils pledge support for victims of domestic abuse

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The Government will deliver new “live-saving” support for victims of domestic abuse, a report has revealed.

Announcing the project this week, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said every council will have a legal obligation to provide safe housing to those fleeing abusive relationships.

Under the new plans, local authorities will end the “postcode lottery of support” and instead provide every victim with bespoke assistance, such as safe refuge for them and their families.

Welcoming the news, Nicki Norman, acting co-chief executive of charity Women’s Aid, said: “If we do not meet the needs of survivors and their children when they first reach out for help, more women and children’s lives will be put at risk and the costs to society will only spiral. We know that accessing specialist support is often the difference between the survivor and her children escaping domestic abuse or being trapped with the abuser.”

Mr Jenrick added: “This government is determined to pursue abusers, better protect victims and their children, and ensure they have the support they need – so we can end this abhorrent practice for good.”

The announcement comes after major domestic abuse reforms were reintroduced to Parliament following prorogation in September.

The Domestic Abuse Bill will set out a number of legislative changes, including amending the legal definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse and control and manipulative non-physical abuse for the first time.

It will also include a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Domestic Abuse Protection Order and prohibit perpetrators of domestic and other forms of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the family courts.

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