Chloe Smith MP urges victims of domestic abuse to come forward and take part in the Government’s consultation on the new Domestic Abuse Bill before it officially closes next week. The consultation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/domestic-abuse-bill-consultation
She has been working to improve domestic abuse laws since the murder of her constituent Kerri McAuley.
In the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill the Government has proposed measures that will strengthen the tools available to law enforcement to beat this crime, and protect victims. Among other measures, the bill will define ‘Domestic Abuse’ in law and establish a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner who will monitor the response of statutory agencies to cases involving domestic abuse. It proposes ways to better protect children affected by abuse, and helps agencies be better joined up.
Chloe has been working closely in Parliament with Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Domestic Abuse, and in January the Minister came to Norwich to meet with representatives from Leeway, Norfolk Constabulary, other agencies and Kerri McAuley’s family. Chloe has publicised the consultation since then and urged constituents to take part so that local experience and expertise can be included.
Chloe Smith said:
“As a constituency MP, it is incredibly important to me to be able to use local examples to make the laws of this land better. I urge anyone in Norwich who has experience or expertise to contribute it through this consultation so that we make it count and make it change. Kerri’s tragic death need not have been in vain if the law changes so that others are more safe in future. There’s a week left so make your voice heard.”