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Domestic abuse – Family lawyers asking for independent inquiry

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Lawyers who work with domestic abuse cases have written to Justice Ministers to call for  an independent inquiry into the way domestic abuse is handled in the family courts. More than 30 leading experts have signed the letter, which urges an upgrade to the departmental review which was announced in May.

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Draft Domestic Abuse Bill Published

The Government has published the Domestic Abuse Bill, said to be the most comprehensive package ever created to tackle the issues around domestic abuse. The Bill was published on 21 January, following the consultation conducted between March and May 2018.

As a result, new laws will be created that set out a government definition of domestic abuse to include both economic abuse and non-physical abuse (such as controlling or abusive behaviour).

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Domestic Abuse – New Measures to Protect Victims

New measures have been proposed to prevent domestic abuse and protect victims. A consultation has been launched by Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justice Secretary David Gauke, asking for views on what should be included in a brand new Domestic Abuse Bill, which is currently in draft.

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