Times caption, with the inevitable male perpetrator and female victim: The bill, which will be read out in the Commons today, defines domestic violence in law for the first time, encompassing forms of psychological and economic abuse as well as physical attacks ALAMY
A piece in yesterday’s Times by Sebastian Mann:
Theresa May’s long-awaited domestic abuse bill will be published today in a last-ditch effort to ensure it becomes law under her successor.
Victoria Atkins, a Home Office minister, told Today on BBC Radio 4 that Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt had both confirmed they would support the bill as prime minister.
She said it was one of Mrs May’s “personal and domestic priorities” and “any right-thinking person” would want to see it on the statute book.
Mrs Atkins also confirmed reports of a confrontation between herself and Mr Johnson after he complained that money spent on the independent inquiry on child abuse had been “spaffed up the wall”.
The minister said she had been “concerned” by his language and he had acknowledged it had not been the right phrase to use.
The bill, which will be read out in the Commons today, defines domestic violence in law for the first time, encompassing forms of psychological and economic abuse as well as physical attacks.
A new watchdog to enforce the rights of survivors will be introduced under the legislation.
It aims to strengthen protections for those fleeing violence by placing a new legal duty on councils to provide secure homes for them and their children.
The prime minister said: “We have a duty not only to bring the perpetrators of these vile crimes to justice, but to support victims as they rebuild their lives.
“This bill will help us do just that and represents a true step-change in our approach.”
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