'Eve's law' for domestic abuse victims gets police backing
8:08am Monday 10th March 2014 in News
A CAMPAIGN calling for more protection for victims of domestic abuse — launched by an Astley Bridge woman — has been backed by Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner.
Clive Grunshaw is now calling for all the country’s MPs to sign up.
Eve's Law is spearheaded by Eve Thomas, a domestic abuse survivor who risked having her safe-house address made publicly available to her abuser when she found herself in court defending an unrelated civil issue.
The 45-year-old is now calling for new legislation to ensure victims of domestic abuse do not have their safe-house addresses released, and has won wide-spread support for her campaign.
Mr Grunshaw said: “I am committed to championing victims' views and making sure their voices are heard.
“Alongside that, tackling domestic abuse and ensuring victims feel supported is one of my key priorities — and that is why I am backing the campaign for Eve’s Law.
“It is only right that victims of domestic abuse can feel confident that, if they come forward, they will be supported and protected. This applies not just while their case is in the criminal justice system but also afterwards, as they attempt to move on and rebuild their lives.
“I hope MPs will join me in backing this campaign, and calling on the Government to support this new legislation which will help some of Lancashire's — and the UK’s — most vulnerable victims.”
The Commissioner's calls come after a week of action in Lancashire to highlight the issue of domestic abuse in the county, and raise awareness of the signs and where to get help.
Ms Thomas said: “The disclosure of a safe address should always be taken seriously, a safe address is safe for a reason.”
If Eve’s Law was introduced it would prevent abuse victims' addresses being revealed in court, or as part of any court orders.
The Early Day Motion 900 — Eve's Law and domestic violence has been tabled by Rob Flello MP, and there is a public petition which residents can sign online at change.org/en-GB/petitions/onevoice-never-silenced-national-victims-campaign-for-eves-law-supported-by-david-malone-human-rights-barrister.
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