Merseyside Police Commissioner backs campaign to protect domestic abuse survivors

Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy

Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy

First published in News

MERSEYSIDE’S Police Commissioner has added her voice to a campaign to increase protection for survivors of domestic violence.

Eve’s Law is spearheaded by domestic abuse survivor Eve Thomas, who was put at risk after a legal loophole meant her safe-house address was made publicly available to her abuser when she found herself in court defending an unrelated issue.

She was threatened with jail when she refused to reveal her address to the court - but eventually won the right to keep it confidential.

Since then the 45-year-old from Lancashire has been lobbying the Government to allow victims of domestic violence to be able to keep their addresses secret in court or as part of any court order.

Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Domestic abuse survivors deserve to be protected by the police, the courts and all agencies involved in supporting them and helping people to escape an abusive situation.

“We need to ensure victims feel confident enough to come forward, knowing they will be listened to, understood and helped. Part of this is ensuring a safe address remains safe at all times.”

The campaign celebrated a breakthrough yesterday when Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed a “commitment to put in place a new code of practice to ensure that safe addresses of victims of domestic and sexual abuse are protected”.

The measure, announced as part of the Government’s “Call to End Violence against Women and Girls Action Plan 2014”, would take effect in situations where revealing an address could threaten a victim’s safety.

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