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Politics – Domestic abuse

April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that current legislation governing domestic abuse in England and Wales is to be overhauled.

Mothers’ Union, which represents over four million members worldwide, welcomed the announcement, with Bev Jullien, chief executive of the organisation, saying this could help survivors of domestic abuse.

She commented: ‘We trust the issue of safe access to child maintenance payments for sufferers of domestic violence will be addressed. Currently, one in three applicants to the child maintenance service have experienced domestic abuse and we strongly urge the government puts the safety and welfare of the survivors of domestic abuse at the core of its proposals for change’.

The changes requested would mean survivors of domestic abuse are not forced to re-engage with their former partner, often the perpetrator of the violence against them.

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