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Yesterday the government introduced the Domestic Abuse Bill to parliament. The government believes the bill signals a major step forward in transforming the response to this crime.
The Bill is the most comprehensive package ever presented to Parliament to tackle domestic abuse, both supporting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice. Following extensive work with stakeholders and charities, the government carried out a public consultation on measures to be included in the Bill that saw more than 3,200 responses.
Also see a report by the National Rural Crime Network which has found that victims in rural England (like Norfolk ) are isolated, unsupported and unprotected. Chairwoman of the National Rural Crime Network, Julie Mulligan, described domestic abuse as “the hidden underbelly of rural communities.”