The new legislation means that providing domestic abuse support in safe accommodation for individuals and their children is now a statutory duty for local authorities. Guidelines are still being issued by Government and will be shared to ensure that services can comply with the requirements of the Act. New Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Orders will give victims immediate protection from their perpetrator and will also impose conditions on some offenders to ensure that they address their behaviour.
The provisions of the Domestic Abuse Act are inclusive to ensure all victims are supported regardless of how they identify, their sexual orientation, ethnicity or ability. It is hoped that the new Act will encourage more people to come forward and report Domestic Abuse.
You can read more about some of the provisions of the Domestic Abuse Act in this news article.
If you need support or advice in relation to domestic abuse or sexual violence for yourself or for a friend or relative, look through our web pages or use the directory of services.
If you or your family is in immediate danger, always phone the police on 999.