Rachel has launched the Government’s Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan which sets a clear ambition of prioritising the prevention of these awful crimes, supporting victims and pursuing perpetrators.

Some 2.3 million people in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the last year and around 1 in 5 homicides are related to domestic abuse.

The Government has already taken steps to prevent these crimes, but the new plan is set to go even further in tackling this threat, by delivering many of the provisions set out in the Domestic Abuse Act.

The plan includes new measures including:

  • Options for creating a new register for domestic abusers which could require perpetrators to take actions such as reporting to the police when changing address or opening a bank account with a new partner
  • Increasing electronic tagging to a further 3,500 individuals who have left prison and who pose a risk to women and girls
  • Investing £75 million on directly addressing abusers’ behaviour, as part of an overall £81 million for tackling perpetrators over the next 3 years
  • A doubling of funding for the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which sees on average 15,000 users every 3 months, and an uplift for all other national tackling VAWG helplines, to a combined total of over £2 million a year
  • A commitment to reviewing the statutory leave laws for victims of domestic abuse
  • Funding 700 independent domestic violence and sexual violence advocate roles with additional funding for 300 roles later this year to refer and support victims and survivors
  • The expansion of the successful Ask for Ani codeword scheme to be piloted in Jobcentre offices across the UK
  • £7.5 million over 3 years to enable healthcare professionals to better identify, refer and support victims and survivors of domestic abuse
  • A package of support for teachers to deliver the relationship, sex, and health education curriculum to ensure children learn about healthy relationships at an early age

Rachel, who is also Minister for Safeguarding, said:

“Domestic abuse causes untold harm and misery in our society. Victims and survivors endure horrific ordeals that can stay with them for the rest of their lives.

“Every case is different, but there are a number of core principles that must drive our approach – preventing abuse, a more joined up approach, supporting victims and cracking down on those that cause harm.

“By putting these central to our plan, we will transform our response to domestic abuse. We must all work together to stop domestic abuse.”