Domestic abuse destroys lives, It is reasonable to suggest that society once “tolerated” violence within relationships, it may also be reasonable to suggest such values remain.
Progressive groups have campaigned relentlessly for the protection of victims, they have provided safe houses and support services.
During the last parliament under Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, the Domestic Abuse Bill started in journey through the process of becoming law.
The Bill appeared to have been shelved due to domestic matters such as Brexit.
The fact the Bill has been resurrected and being debated, is a welcome development.
On the 7 July 2020 two key Clauses had been debated, the clauses appeared most reasonable in a progressive society. They advanced protections of those subject to Immigration rules, regarding access to public funds.
New Clause 22 related to the application of certain provisions of the Immigration Acts to survivors of domestic abuse.
From reading New Clause 22, it is clear that by adopting it into the legislation all members of society will be protected, after all, no human is illegal. An inclusive society demands no one should be excluded for essential life saving, life changing services.
Building upon New Clause 22, New Clause 23 focussed on the provision of specialist support and services to all persons affected by domestic abuse.
New Clause 23 sought to to make provisions mandatory on Local Authorities. The services are for survivors of domestic abuse and for those who exhibit abusive behaviour towards another with whom they are personally involved.
The provision of services that seek to educate and change behaviour of those who perpetrate domestic abuse, must be a welcome step towards changing society views.
It is clear society can not relay on legislation alone to eradicate such destructive behaviour. The provision of services for survivors that empower them, and services that seek to change conduct of abusers could be seen as a way of changing society.
It is clear there are sections of society who are content with excluding sections of community from provisions based on immigration status. Further it appears there may be a view that perpetrators don’t require interventions to change their abusive behaviour.
Are these the reasons why MPs have voted against New Clause 22, by 330 to 207 votes, they also voted against New Clause 23, by 338 votes to 200?
On the 9th July 2020 the Domestic Abuse Bill cleared the House of Commons. It has yet to receive Royal Assent before it becomes statute.
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