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Press Release: Janet Dalrymple, CEO of Safer Places, responds to Governments draft Domestic Abuse Bill

We are delighted that, in spite of parliament being in crisis and taken up with Brexit, enormous progress has been made on implementing the many recommendations on its Transforming our response to Domestic Abuse White Paper with new measures being brought in to law;

• The definition of domestic abuse is being extended to cover economic as well as financial abuse;
• More protection and rights for victims in courts;
• More emphasis on children who experience abuse;
• A Domestic Abuse Commissioner coming into post, accountable to parliament with powers to require that Local Authorities and other public bodies transform the way victims and perpetrators are dealt with.

There is a great deal to take in but there is a reason to feel pleased. I would like to thank all of our staff and our clients from the 20 focus groups we held for giving us their views and allowing us to share their real life experiences. I think Safer places clients were probable one of the largest victim groups to directly contribute their views in the consultation and I really do believe that their voices have had a real impact on shaping the changes that have been announced, encouraging government to go further than I expected and playing a powerful role in improving the services future victims and children may receive.