General Election: Conservative candidate for Newark champions Government Bill to protect victims from domestic violence
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has championed a Government Bill to protect men and women from domestic violence.
Last year, 63 women and seven men were killed at the hands of their partner or ex-partner.
Mr Jenrick said it defied belief that this could be the case in modern Britain.
“We must tackle domestic abuse in every form that it takes,” said the Conservative candidate for Newark, who retains his Government post during the General Election campaign.
“All victims of domestic abuse should feel safe and supported as they recover from this terrible crime.
“I know how vital services that support victims are, like Women’s Aid in Newark, which is a hugely important and valued local asset, run by fantastic people.
“Through the Domestic Abuse Bill, we are strengthening our police and criminal justice system so that offenders are swiftly brought to justice.
“Because abuse takes many forms, we’re introducing the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse as well as controlling and manipulative behaviour.
“And we’re introducing new orders to stop abusers from continuing to offend.
“I want to ensure those leaving destructive relationships do so safely, without fear of further abuse.”
Mr Jenrick said he recognised for so many victims, there was a real fear the support network would not be there to help them.
“No one should have to choose between being trapped and scared in their own home or living on the streets,” he said.
“That is why I am now introducing a new legal requirement on councils to provide dedicated support to survivors and the funding for councils to deliver it — around £100m a year.
“This means providing victims support in safe accommodation like Women’s Aid in Newark, including the specialist advice and advocacy they need to recover from psychological and physical trauma.
Mr Jenrick said it was beholden this quality of care was universally available to everyone in safe accommodation — regardless of their background.
“I know there was concern for the future of Newark Women’s Aid,” he said.
“They will need to bid into the funding I’ve made available — this is normal, and the bidding process is now.
“But I have now confirmed the funding is there and that, with the changes I am making, will be significantly increased in the years ahead.
“Victims deserve no less.”
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