News

Hetty Gleave comments on the Domestic Abuse Bill to be re-introduced in the next Queen’s Speech in Family Law Week

  • September 16, 2019
  • By Hetty Gleave, Partner

It was announced that the Government will re-introduce the Domestic Abuse Bill in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019.

Responding to the news, Hetty Gleave, partner in the Family Department, commented:

News today that domestic violence murders are at the highest level for five years indicates the scale of violence in relationships. Those who work with families are well aware that violence is more than just physical, but includes coercion, as well as oppressive and controlling behaviour. It is therefore welcome news that a new domestic abuse bill will be pursued during the next parliament and will provide a statutory definition of domestic violence, hopefully to include non physical abuse. Cross examination by convicted perpetrators of violence of their victims can often perpetuate the abuse and undermine their evidence. The common use of screens in court to shield victims from their abusers when giving evidence is often inadequate when words alone can inflict as much pain as physical violence. It is therefore encouraging that the legislation aims to prevent this.

It is disappointing however, that, at the same time, there is no such assurance that the no fault divorce will be pursued. In the absence of adultery, a person will have to rely on allegations of their spouses behaviour if they wish to divorce without a two or five year wait. This inevitably increases acrimony in relationships already under strain which can often flare up into domestic violence if the parties feel trapped in a toxic relationship. Introducing both bills together would show joined up thinking and a progressive attitude aimed at tackling relationship abuse generally, for both married and unmarried couples.”

Read the full article in Family Law Week here

Related News

Jun 29, 2022
Hunters’ Family Department highlighted in the 2022 edition of the Spear’s Family Law Index
Jun 15, 2022
Philippa Kum and Eri Horrocks outline top tips for co-parents on agreeing arrangements for children in EPrivateClient
Jun 13, 2022
Amy Scollan and Anastassia Dimmek examine what happens to an art collection when couples divorce in Antiques Trade Gazette
Jun 08, 2022
Amy Scollan and Anastassia Dimmek discuss the distribution of artwork during divorce proceedings in EPrivateClient
May 12, 2022
Eri Horrocks examines post-separation assets in Today’s Family Lawyer
May 03, 2022
Polly Atkins reviews guidance on applications for security for costs in Family Law Journal
Apr 26, 2022
Eri Horrocks examines whether post-separation assets can be shared on divorce
Apr 20, 2022
Henry Hood interviewed by Nick Heath at Capital Asset Management
Apr 13, 2022
Henry Hood and Eri Horrocks discuss separation agreements and examine the case of Horohoe v Horohoe in STEP Journal
Apr 01, 2022
Jo Carr-West and Eri Horrocks discuss arbitrating relocation cases in The Review

© Hunters Law LLP 2022 | Privacy NoticeLegal & Regulatory | Cookies Policy | Complaints Procedure.

Hunters Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (number 657218)