House of Lords, Domestic Violence a Serious Issue

The Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign welcomes the debate in the House of Lords where Peers will discuss domestic violence during the passage of the Serious Crime Bill. The campaign by Women’s Aid, Paladin and The Sara Charlton Charitable Trust, is calling on peers to consider the patterns of coercive control and psychological abuse which are central to domestic violence when debating the amendment. The organisations are also calling on the Government to consider responses to its consultation on the creation of a new offence of coercive control. The campaign responded to the consultation by proposing a new offence that criminalises the pattern of psychological abuse and coercive control, as well as mandatory training for the Police, the Criminal Justice System and other government agencies. Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said: “Domestic violence is serious, so serious that two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner. New legislation to criminalise coercive control, patterns of abuse, and psychological abuse, alongside specialist-led domestic violence training, is needed to equip the police and other agencies to effectively do their job.”