Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign celebrates announcement that new law will be enforceable by the end of the year

The Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign is celebrating the announcement that the new domestic violence law criminalising patterns of coercive, controlling and psychological abuse will be enacted todayThis new law will ensure that victims of domestic violence will be able to access the support that they need from the Criminal Justice. The Campaign by the Sara Charlton Foundation, Women’s Aid and Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service, has been calling for this change, to better protect women who experience domestic violence.

Laura RichardsFounder and Director of Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service said:

 ‘We are very pleased that the new domestic violence law that we campaigned for is being enacted. It signals how serious domestic violence is and the need for cultural change. Too many women have been murdered by their current or ex partner and this needs to stop. Training is now vital to ensure coercive control and psychological abuse is understood and the new law is used’

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:

“Coercive and controlling behaviour can easily be mistaken for romantic behaviour, and our culture all too frequently reinforces this confusion. That is why we welcome the enforcement of the controlling and coercive control which we campaigned for alongside Paladin and the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation for. It is also vital that we educate young people and teenagers on what a healthy relationship is, and why parents must be empowered to spot the signs of coercive control. We have developed a toolkit for parents to show them the signs, with information on how to support their children if they think they are experiencing abuse. The toolkit is a fantastic way for anyone to educate themselves on coercive control; you do not need to be a parent to make use of it. We thank Avon for their support on developing the toolkit and vision in helping us create a world in which domestic abuse in all its forms is no longer tolerated.”

Rhea Gargour, and Antonia Packard for the Sara Charlton Foundation said:

We hope that this new law will be an indispensable tool for the Police and the Criminal Justice System in combating domestic violence effectively. We are very proud to have worked on the campaign that resulted in this law and we hope that its implementation will better protect victims of domestic violence and their children.

1.About Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service

Paladin are a not for profit organisation (CIC Number 8361675) founded after the successful All Party Parliamentary Stalking Law Reform Campaign which led to the new stalking law.

The aims of Paladin are to:
1.advocate on behalf of high risk victims 
2. provide training 
3. scrutinise the new stalking laws 
4. campaign on behalf of victims 
5. raise awareness of dangers and risks of stalking
6.develop a victims network of support

For further information contact Paladin www.paladinservice.co.uk

2. About Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that co-ordinates and supports an England-wide network of over 300 local services working to end domestic violence against women and children. Keeping the voices of survivors at the heart of its work, Women’s Aid campaigns for better legal protection and services, providing a strategic “expert view” to government on laws, policy and practice affecting abused women and children. In partnership with its national network, Women’s Aid runs public awareness and education campaigns, bringing together national and local action, and developing new training and resources. Women’s Aid provides a package of vital 24 hour lifeline services through its publications (available in 11 languages including English), websites (www.womensaid.org.uk and www.thehideout.org.uk), and running the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline in partnership with Refuge. Women’s Aid is a registered charity no 1054154.

0808 2000 247: Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge).

The Women’s Aid Website can be found at: www.womensaid.org.uk. This is a comprehensive website about domestic violence and its impact on women and children. The website has help sections for women experiencing domestic violence, as well as policy briefings and research findings. Women’s Aid also runs a website for children and young people experiencing domestic violence www.thehideout.org.uk

3. About Sara Charlton Foundation

The Sara Charlton Foundation is dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse in the UK. They have a clear understanding of what the sector desperately needs, funds IDVAs (trained workers who work with high risk victims of domestic abuse – those who are in danger of serious harm or death) across the UK and improve IDVA services at a local as well as national level. The SCCF also funds Prevention Workers, who are trained to educate children and young adults (male and female) on healthy relationships and domestic abuse. They work with schools and youth groups and can also act as a point of contact for those experiencing abuse in the home. They believe that it is fundamental to teach 12-18 year olds about the issue in order to break the cycle of abuse. For more information, visit www.saracharlton.org.uk. Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation is a registered charity no 1139056