UK promises to put the ‘fear of God’ into domestic abusers — Analysis
Dominic Raab, a senior minister in the government has promised to crack down on violence against women
UK Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has vowed to put the “fear of God” into domestic abusers by addressing loopholes in the current legislation that allow “too many” offenders to avoid punishment.
Raab, in The Telegraph, stated that he would extend the reporting time for domestic violence victims from six to two years. Raab argued that existing restrictions had permitted “too many cases”To evade the court simply because a victim wasn’t able to speak up quickly enough, it is possible to leave them “timed out.”
The deputy PM is introducing a number of measures to reduce violence against women, including the extension of time for prosecution. “door to justice open to thousands” of people who’ve been domestically abused in the UK.
Fear of going out at night alone or being beaten in one’s own house is something many people find daily. That situation needs to be reversed.
Raab cites figures that show the increase in victims who are unable or unwilling to pursue an accused offender due to lack of time. These numbers range from 1451 in 2016-17, to 3763 by 2020-21.
His plans for making changes are designed to restore women’s confidence in the justice system and to improve access to it. “instil the fear of God into the mind of anyone”He said that they could be used by anyone who would consider them to be abusive. These comments were in response to the damning report of quasi-government on police engagement with girls and women, which was published last March. “epidemic”Gender-based violence
Non-consensual photography or video of breastfeeding mothers is now a crime that can lead to up to two years prison. Stella Creasy, Labour MP for London raised concerns after she was photographed breastfeeding her child on public transport.
Responding to the government’s announcement, Nicole Jacobs, the domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales, praised the rule changes as an effective way to “remove another barrier to bringing perpetrators to justice.”
This legislation will be implemented through amends to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently undergoing Parliamentary scrutiny.
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