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Domestic abuse and sexual offences to be treated as seriously as knife crime

Domestic abuse and sexual offences should be considered as seriously as knife crime and homicide, the government has said.

Changes to legislation currently being considered in Parliament will make clear that a new legal duty requiring public bodies to work together to tackle serious violence can also include domestic abuse and sexual offences.

The Home Office says that introducing a Serious Violence Duty will improve wholesale understanding of the drivers of serious violence and help prevent future crime. It will mean that police, government, and health bodies must collaborate locally, so that they can develop more holistic strategies to protect people from harm, including through early intervention.

The change to the Serious Violence Duty will be made via an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, following careful consideration and widespread support from campaigners, including the Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

To follow progress of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, click here.

5/12/21