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Government launches Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan

On 30 March 2022 the government launched a new 'Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan,' closely aligned with its Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.

The plan includes a raft of measures, as can be seen here, including the following:

• Options for creating a new register for domestic abusers which could require perpetrators to take actions such as reporting to the police when changing address or opening a bank account with a new partner.

• Increasing electronic tagging to a further 3,500 individuals who have left prison and who pose a risk to women and girls

• Making it easier to access information on a partner's or ex-partner's previous abusive or violent offending

• Doubling the funding for the National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Home Secretary Priti Patel commented:

"Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that ruins lives and tackling it is an important part of this government's Beating Crime Plan. For far too long the focus has been on what the victim might have done differently, rather than on the behaviour of the perpetrators themselves.

This must now change. My Domestic Abuse Plan focuses on taking the onus off victims and making it easier for them to access the help and support they need, while taking tough action against perpetrators."

For the Home Office announcement, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers