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Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to oversee a new law to increase the number of domestic abuse convictions, clamping down on coercive control.

This builds on the measures that were introduced when she was home secretary around ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’. 

May called for ideas on how the treatment of victims could be improved and how more convictions could be secured against abusers. To control coercive behaviour, the plan is to introduce a new law to increase convictions of abusers.

It is unclear exactly when the new law will come into place, although a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act is expected to come within the next 18 months. She said the plan has the potential to, “transform the way we think about and tackle domestic violence and abuse”. 

Throughout the programme, the Government will be listening to victims, legal experts and charities to make the Act as effective as possible. The Domestic Violence and Control Act will be aimed at addressing the lack of clarity in existing laws it also needs to increase public awareness of abuse, especially coercive control due to it being a huge factor in domestic abuse cases. Giving the public a greater insight domestic abuse means it can be identified at a faster rate for victims.

May hopes that through a greater understanding of domestic abuse, victims will seek help sooner knowing there is support for them and re-assurance that their abuser will have an increased chance of being convicted. 

With a renewed focus on Domestic Abuse, the role of Social Workers is more important than ever. We’ve now introduced a new Sanctuary Training course on Domestic Abuse.
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