Tony Lloyd is backing calls to introduce a specific offence of domestic violence.
The move has been put forward in an attempt to reverse the trend of falling prosecutions in such cases, despite reported incidents being on the increase.
Tony Lloyd said:
“This is an undoubtedly an important step forward in tackling violence against men and women. Domestic violence causes horrendous damage to our communities – not only to victims, but to the children of victims who witness the violence or its fallout, and suffer incredible emotional damage.
“Tackling domestic violence is a shared responsibility. We all have a part to play: doing more in schools to teach children about sex, consent and respect within relationships; making it easier for victims to come forward without fear or recrimination; ensuring the law is on the side of the victims and not the perpetrators; and making sure health professionals can recognise the signs and intervene at the earliest point possible in the abuse cycle.” Tony Lloyd
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper announced the proposal during a wide-ranging speech on policing and crime.
The government has indicated it will look at the proposal.
If you, or someone you know, has suffered domestic violence, help is available. Visit www.endthefear.co.uk for more information or call Greater Manchester’s domestic violence helpline on 0161 636 7525.
If there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, dial 999.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or Clare’s Law, can be used by anyone concerned over a partner’s abusive behaviour or those concerned about a friend or family member in a relationship and at risk of violence by their partner. For further information or to make a request for information under it, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or visit a police station.
You can still sign Tony’s promise to take a stand against domestic violence. Visit www.gmpcc.org.uk/endthefear and sign up today.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, meaning you are likely to come into contact with friends, relatives, neighbours or colleagues affected by domestic abuse.
- If you work in education, 3 to 5 children in the average classroom will be witnessing domestic abuse at home.
- Nearly all victims of domestic abuse will come in to contact with the NHS at some point in their lives and practitioners who recognise domestic abuse and know how to help can literally be a lifeline for survivors.