Government publishes landmark domestic abuse bill

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What does the domestic abuse bill mean in practice ?

People who are imprisoned for domestic abuse crimes and then released on licence may have to undergo lie detector tests as part of their conditions.

Domestic abuse offenders, who are considered high risk, will be subject to polygraph testing as a licence condition following their release from prison Victims will no longer face cross-examination by perpetrators in family courts.

The government originally intended to prohibit alleged domestic abusers cross-examining their victims in the family court through its Prisons and Courts Bill in 2017, but that bill was held up in the wake of that year’s snap general election.

The government has committed generally to improve the experience for victims going through the court system.

As part of that they will create new waiting areas designed to ensure victim safety and a new court design guide focusing on accessibility for the most vulnerable.

More support is to be provided for male victims, lgbt victims and disabled victims of such abuse.

Recognition of the economic abuse perpetrated that often makes it impossible for victims to leave partners –  the government will work with  financial institutions to recognise behaviours and do more to support victims.

Please read the full article on the Government website.

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