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In parliamentary questions on Tuesday 14 January 2020, Nickie Aiken MP (Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster), and Siobhan Bailie MP (Conservative, Stroud), asked what the government is doing to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse. In response, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justine Wendy Morton MP said:
'We are committed to doing everything we can to end domestic abuse. It is an appalling crime that ruins far too many lives. It is vital that we better protect and support victims of abuse and their children and bring more perpetrators to justice. That is why we introduced the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill in July last year and set out a comprehensive action plan of non-legislative measures directed to this end. We reaffirmed our commitment to this Bill in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December.'
The Minister also confirmed they have started implementation planning for the Bill with all those who will be affected by its provisions.
Last week Norfolk has received good news in support of its domestic abuse change coordinators. With Home Office funding for the service due to finish at the end of March, Norfolk County Council (NCC) have agreed to fund the service for another year.