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The Domestic Abuse Act was signed into law as of the 29th April 2021. This incredible piece of legislation begun its journey in 2019, surviving a General Election, Brexit, and a global pandemic. The bill aims to create a step-change in protections to those who experience domestic abuse and strengthens measures to tackle perpetrators.

The bill sets out a wide-ranging definition of domestic abuse beyond physical violence to encompass emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour and economic abuse.

Jo Todd CEO, Respect said: 

Domestic abuse is not acceptable or inevitable. A comprehensive strategy – spanning early responses, community interventions, quality assured behaviour change programmes and risk management systems, that centre the needs of survivors – will help survivors and their families to find freedom and reduce the numbers of new victims, including children.”

Read the full statement here.