Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, has held a further meeting with the Home Office Minister for Domestic Abuse, in Westminster, about Chloe’s constituent Kerri McAuley who was murdered by her partner. The Minister has agreed to come to Norwich in January to meet the key people who have expertise in the fight against domestic abuse.
Kerri’s family and Chloe believe the abuser could have been stopped sooner, and Chloe is working in Parliament to help the government learn valuable lessons from her death as it drafts new legislation that will tackle domestic abuse. Minister Victoria Atkins MP is preparing a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill that will strengthen the tools available to beat this repulsive crime. This is likely to include: how patterns can be observed sooner and serial perpetrators stopped; how guidance can be strengthened and parts of the fight against abuse better joined up; how to make best use of police, sentencing and probation powers; and what more can be done to support victims and to lessen the impact on children of domestic abuse. The government’s next step is to publish a consultation.
“This was a very helpful meeting where the new Minister understood the tragedy of Kerri’s case, and was keen to use lessons from her murder to improve the law. It is a tribute to local campaigners including Kerri’s family that she will come to hear from experience in Norwich.
“As a constituency MP, it is incredibly important to be able to use local examples to make the laws of this land better. I’d like this work to help change the law so that evil people like Joe Storey can be stopped in the future. I am grateful to Kerri’s family for their courage in sharing her story, and I hope we can achieve something together so that Kerri did not die in vain. It is good that the government is taking action and I am looking forward to supporting the new Bill in Parliament.”
As part of this work, Chloe is also in contact with the McAuley family, charity Leeway, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the Constabulary, local councils, and the Independent Chair of the Domestic Homicide Review into Kerri’s murder.
Chloe will be meeting Kerri’s family in Norwich this Friday, and showing her support for the EDP/Norwich Evening News Christmas campaign for Leeway in Kerri’s memory.
“If you are experiencing any form of abuse, speak out. You can contact Norfolk charity Leeway here: https://www.leewaysupport.org/https://www.leewaysupport.org/. Their 24 hour helpline for free, confidential advice is 0300 561 0077. If you are in immediate danger call 999.”