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Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill announced
The government has announced a commitment to bring forward new laws to protect victims of domestic violence and abuse. The provisions will include setting up a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner.
In addition, the Courts Bill will introduce measures to put an end to the direct cross examination of victims of domestic abuse by their alleged perpetrators in family courts. The use of virtual hearings will also be extended to allow victims to take part in hearings without having to meet their alleged perpetrator.
£17m awarded to projects to tackle violence against women and girls
Home Secretary, Amber Rudd has announced more than 40 projects will share around £17m from the Violence Against Girls and Women Service Transformation Fund. The projects across England and Wales will carry out a range of activities including:
- Providing support to victims
- Working with perpetrators of abuse to change behaviour
- Supporting children affected by what they have witnessed.
17 of the projects include working with perpetrators including programmes with teenage boys to intervene early if they are exhibiting aggressive or worrying behaviour before it escalates into abuse.