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Press release: Janet Dalrymple, CEO Safer Places, responds to the Queens Speech – 21st June 2017

Safer Places is delighted to see that in spite of speculation that there would be little other than Brexit in the #QueensSpeech the Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill was included. We are especially delighted to see:

• Plans to establish a domestic violence and abuse commissioner who amongst other responsibilities will monitor the response of statutory agencies and local authorities and hold the justice system to account in tackling domestic abuse
• Provisions to ensure that if abusive behaviour involves a child, the court can hand down a sentence that reflects the devastating life-long impact that abuse can have on the child
• protects victims of domestic violence and abuse
• establishes a domestic violence and abuse commissioner, to stand up for victims and survivors, raise public awareness, monitor the response of statutory agencies and local authorities and hold the justice system to account in tackling domestic abuse
• defines domestic abuse in law to underpin all other measures in the bill
• creates a consolidated new domestic abuse civil prevention and protection order regime
• ensures if abusive behaviour involves a child, the court can hand down a sentence that reflects the devastating life-long impact that abuse can have on the child

We look forward to hearing more on these developments.

Janet Dalrymple
CEO Safer Places