Tackling domestic abuse
2019 - July, Latest news
A new Domestic Abuse Bill was introduced in the UK this week that will give more powers to tackle the crime, support victims and prosecute abusers.
For the first time there will be a definition of domestic abuse enshrined in law. It will also prevent cross-examination by abusers in family court, and it introduces Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to help safeguard victims.
PA Housing is committed to dealing with acts of domestic abuse and works in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations to provide advice and support to customers and their children affected by such abuse.
Our Domestic Abuse Policy pledges support for all our customers, whatever their tenure, and promises to treat all reports with sensitivity and in confidence. We provide properties and supported housing schemes to organisations that help abuse survivors because the impact of domestic abuse on the victim and on children – even once they reach safety – is severe and long-lasting.
Our website offers advice to anyone who is enduring domestic abuse.
The definitions set out in the new Bill are:
- Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional forms of abuse.
- Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape, and regulating their everyday behaviour.
- Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a person.
The Bill will be discussed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords before being passed on for Royal Assent to become an Act of Parliament.
Police receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour. Support for victims of domestic abuse is estimated to cost more than £66bn a year in England and Wales.