Ministers will reintroduce a bill aimed at tackling the “horrific crime” of domestic abuse next month, Boris Johnson has confirmed.
Written by Nicholas Mairs, PoliticsHome
The Prime Minister said that the Queen’s Speech on 14 October will include legislation on the issue, after the original bill was dropped following his decision to suspend Parliament.
Mr Johnson’s announcement follows pressure from opposition MPs and charities to ensure that it was not placed on the backburner while focus turned to October’s Brexit deadline.
Theresa May introduced the Domestic Abuse Bill in the weeks before she was due to stand down as PM in July, more than two years after plans for it were first announced.
It intended to bolster the definition of the crime, by allowing authorities to crack down on economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical behaviour.
It would set up Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders that would allow earlier intervention from the police and courts where abuse is suspected.