Justice secretary is 'open' to Bolton woman's domestic violence campaign

Justice secretary is 'open' to Bolton woman's domestic violence campaign

Eve Thomas

Justice secretary Chris Grayling

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A minister says he will take on board a Bolton woman’s campaign to give victims of domestic abuse more protection.

Justice secretary Chris Grayling said he was “open” to new ideas on helping victims.

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.

Mr Grayling said: “Domestic violence is a very difficult issue.

“We are always looking at ways we can help tackle domestic violence, such as whether some information needs to be in the public domain.

“We are always open to another idea and we will try to deal with someone’s needs discreetly and privately when we can to mitigate its effects.”

If Ms Thomas’s campaign is successful, victims of abuse will not have their addresses revealed in court or as part of court orders, to prevent their abuser discovering the inform-ation.

The Astley Bridge mum’s campaign has also won the backing of Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner, Clive Grunshaw.

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.

He added: “It is only right that victims 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.”

The Early Day Motion 900 — Eve’s Law and domestic violence — has been tabled by Rob Flello, the MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, and there is a public petition which people can sign here.

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9:23am Thu 13 Mar 14

melloj says...

Reading someones address out in court is so obviously wrong, its a practice that should be stopped for everybody not just abuse victims. It serves absolutely no purpose. and puts all people at risk.
Reading someones address out in court is so obviously wrong, its a practice that should be stopped for everybody not just abuse victims. It serves absolutely no purpose. and puts all people at risk. melloj
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