Today the government unveils the draft #DomesticAbuseBill to support victims & their families and pursue offenders. Last year, 2 million adults in England and Wales experienced #DomesticAbuse. If you or someone you know is a victim, you can get help: https://t.co/YkF0vuf703 pic.twitter.com/H241WTWPMS— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) January 21, 2019
What the bill means
• The first legal definition of domestic abuse, which will go beyond physical violence to include psychological coercion and manipulation, and financial abuse and control.
• The introduction of a national "domestic abuse commissioner" dedicated to combating the problem.
• The creation of new powers to compel perpetrators to attend behaviour change programmes or rehabilitation programmes where substance abuse is a factor.
• Domestic abusers could face mandatory lie-detector tests when released from prison, as the Guardian reported.
• It will clarify how Clare's Law works – a mechanism that enables members of the public to find out about a partner's violent past.