Today the government published its draft Domestic Abuse Bill.
In response Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Executive member for Crime and Public Protection, said:
“I welcome today's announcements from the government on the Domestic Abuse Bill. This long-awaited draft legislation presents a real opportunity to deliver greater support and protection for survivors of domestic abuse.
“The cost of domestic abuse and its devastating impact is all too high, as shown by the figures released by the government today. Local authorities have a critical role in tackling domestic abuse on a local level. The proposed measures in this Bill should help strengthen responses to perpetrators of abuse and to improve support for survivors. It is especially welcome to see greater protections for survivors of domestic abuse in the civil and criminal courts.
“It is essential, however, that the government backs these measures with the right level of investment. Local authorities and specialist services need to have sufficient resources for this legislation to deliver meaningful change on a local level. If the proposed new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders and other measures are to be effective, they must be supported by funding for vital services, such as advocacy support and perpetrator interventions.”