Protecting victims of domestic abuse

Today the government announced that the most dangerous domestic abusers will be electronically tagged and recorded on the Violent and Sex Offender Register, and promised to go further than ever before to protect the victims of domestic abuse.

  • Domestic abuse is a despicable crime that leads to people’s closest relationships becoming a frightening existence of pain, fear and anxiety. The government  will do everything possible to crack down on and prevent it.
  • Anyone, regardless of social status, class, race, age, orientation or gender can be a victim of domestic abuse and it is wrong whoever does it and whoever is the victim. The measures announced today are aimed to protect all victims.  But the largest category of victims are women and girls.  
  • The government is boosting protections for victims in a raft of new measures. Starting immediately, anyone jailed for 12 months or more for coercive control will be placed on the Violent and Sex Offender Register, with the worst abusers electronically tagged, prevented from going within a certain distance of a victim’s home, and made to attend behaviour change programmes.  
  • The government is also classifying violence against women and girls as a national threat for the first time to stamp out these appalling crimes and boost protection for women and girls. 


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