Govt Bill outlines domestic violence proposals

New plans to address domestic violence issues in the UK have been unveiled by the government.

The Crime and Security Bill outlines a number of measures which are designed to raise safety standards within communities.

While proposing action to tackle anti-social behaviour and gang-related crime, the Bill also suggests the creation of new police orders relevant to domestic violence.

It is thought that the orders could be issued to those suspected of committing acts of domestic violence, forcing them to stay away from a property for a certain period.

Alan Johnson, the government's home secretary, has emphasised the importance of improving community safety.

He said: "These new measures set out today will help tackle a range of issues which can affect individuals and neighbourhoods."

Northern Ireland Executive minister Michelle Gildernew has also recently called for victims of domestic violence in rural regions of the country to continue to receive support.

Lenore Rice, Head of the Family Law department at Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors, commented: "Domestic violence impacts on many people, particularly very young, elderly and other vulnerable people.

"The courts are there to assist such people and can provide protection by way of Non-molestation Orders or County Court Injunctions.

"Anyone who is or has been a victim and has suffered any such violence which may be physical, mental or emotional should contact a solicitor immediately for assistance."
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