Last week I was pleased to support new landmark legislation to combat domestic violence. The Domestic Abuse Bill will raise awareness and understanding about the devastating impact of domestic abuse on victims and their families.
It will also help transform our response as a society, helping to prevent offending, protect victims and support their families to ensure they have the support they need.
One of the most significant measures in the Bill is the introduction of a legal definition of domestic abuse, and with this the recognition that abuse can take many forms, including economic abuse and coercive control. It will also establish a new Domestic Abuse Commissioner to be a voice for victims.
During my time as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice I was pleased to be able to work on the Domestic Abuse Bill, a landmark piece of legislation that will help to end the suffering of more than 2 million adults across our country.