Domestic violence campaigner moves a step closer to making 'Eve's Law' a reality
DOMESTIC abuse victim Eve Thomas’ Eve’s Law campaign will be considered by the government, after her case was raised in Parliament.
Ms Thomas has been leading the campaign, which stops victims of domestic abuse from having to disclose their address in open court, along with human rights lawyer David Malone.
Shadow justice minister Dan Jarvis called for the government to back the campaign with justice minister Damian Green saying he would “happily consider” her proposals.
Mr Green said that Mr Jarvis made “a reasonable point”.
He added: “There are a range of steps we are already taking to protect people who may be victims of domestic violence and I am always happy to look at others.”
‘Eve’s marker’ would red flag the personal information of a victim of abuse as confidential and highly sensitive to ensure that the data would never be disclosed unless in exceptional circumstances.
Ms Thomas suffered 21 years of abuse from her ex-husband Michael Aldred, who was convicted of battery in 2011 and given a suspended sentence as well as being subject to a restraining order.
But in August this year Ms Thomas was a defendant in a small claims case and was requested to provide her personal contact details in open court, prompting her to challenge the law.
Ms Thomas, aged 45, said: “My case is over now but I wanted to ensure that this never happened to another victim again.
“This year has been hell for my girls and me and there were times when I wanted to give up because the distress and anxiety was just too much.
“I want to thank Dan Jarvis for his support and I pray that David Cameron will see that it is time to initiate change. Our victims need to feel safe, it’s their right.”
MP Dan Jarvis said: “Victims of domestic violence and abuse are placed at risk when forced to disclose their address and contact details in an open court. This is unacceptable.
“It will deter thousands of victims from coming forward and reporting the crimes against them.
“It is already the case that fewer domestic abuse cases are being referred to the Crown Prosecution Service on this government’s watch — and experiences like that of Eve Thomas risk further undermining confidence in our legal system.”
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