Domestic abusers will face tags and tougher management under new measures to protect people from harassment, aggression and violence, and focus on stopping domestic abuse before it takes place.
For the first time, controlling or coercive behaviour will be put on a par with physical violence, which will mean the most serious offenders will automatically be actively managed by the police, prison and probation services.
Perpetrators of domestic abuse will be recorded on the violent and sex offender register and could be fitted with an electronic tag. And a scheme to help victims of abuse will be extended so anyone who is suffering from or fearful of domestic abuse can “ask for ANI” (Action Needed Immediately) at some pharmacies and Jobcentres and they will be given support.
Bishop Rachel said, “I welcome today’s announcement which shows the Government is serious about tackling domestic abuse which affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men across their lifetime. Support for all victims and survivors, including migrants, is vital as are the measures announced today to monitor perpetrators. I believe our humanity and flourishing is rooted in relationship and it’s imperative that education sits alongside this action to prevent abuse from happening in the first place.”
Listen to Bishop Rachel on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Sunday Breakfast (from 1:11): BBC Radio Gloucestershire – Jon Smith, 26/02/2023