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Rushcliffe MP backs Government crackdown on domestic abusers

Ruth Edwards has welcomed the Government’s announcements this week on reforms to how we deal with domestic abuse offenders in this country. 

 

From now on, the most dangerous domestic abusers will be recorded on the violent and sex offender register. This means that anyone jailed for 12 months or more for coercive control, including suspended sentences, will have to:

 

  • Notify the police of their name and any address they stay at for a week or more. 
  • The police can track their bank details, any foreign travel, and their access to children. 

 

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Domestic abuse will also be labelled a “National Threat” meaning that police must now treat violence against women and girls as seriously as terrorism and similar crimes. The Home Office will also develop a new digital tool to help police identify likely perpetrators, even those without convictions.

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Official Home Office statistics predict that around 2.4 million people in England and Wales have experienced domestic abuse in the last year and with around one in five murders relating to it. However, it is thought that the true number could be even bigger and that many people are suffering in silence and often feel like they have nobody to turn to. 

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That is why Ruth, along with domestic abuse campaigner Nicky Brindley, have spent much of the last few years offering free J9 training to businesses and services, so that they can be a safe space for survivors of domestic abuse to access help. So far more 100 people from across Rushcliffe have been trained to spot and signpost survivors to sources of help.

 

Most recently they took the campaign to parliament where many MPs looked to roll the scheme out in their own constituencies, including the soon-to-be Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak. Now they are looking to hit their target of getting at least one organisation in every town and village in Rushcliffe signed up to J9. 

 

In April, people from Bradmore, Bunny, Costock, Rempstone, Thorpe in the Glebe, Willoughby on the Wolds and Wysall will be invited to training and residents from across Rushcliffe are encouraged to look out on Ruth’s Facebook page for upcoming details. 

 

Ruth said “I am really pleased that the Government has introduced these changes that will see the perpetrators of domestic abuse, including coercive control treated as what they are – Violent criminals. 

“Domestic abuse occurs in all corners of our society, often unnoticed and unreported. I cannot thank Nicky and others like her who campaign on this issue enough for giving up so much of their time to support survivors and help me roll out the J9 scheme across Rushcliffe. 

 

“Reforms like those announced by the Home Office this week are so important, not just because they will help punish offenders, but also because they show people who find themselves in really frightening situations that there are people who care, who are willing to help them and that they can be safe again.”

 

Nicky Brindley, who delivers the J9 training, said:

“These reforms are a much-needed step in the right direction, and I welcome this to keep women and children safe from violence and abuse. 

“Controlling and coercive behaviour is finally getting the recognition as a serious form of domestic abuse that it needs. 

No one should live in fear of domestic abuse.”

 

Following the announcement, Ruth and other MPs attended meeting in 10 Downing Street to discuss the issue of violence against women and girls with the Prime Ministers team. During the meeting, Ruth raised the need to move quickly to tackle other types of offences, such as spiking with a needle. 

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Support

Nottinghamshire Police is part of the Make Yourself Heard Campaign, which aims to show people how they can report an emergency when it is not safe to speak.

Dialling 55 after calling 999 takes you through to a silent call service, whereby call handlers will give you specific directions on how to report your emergency.

Support is also available via the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – run by Refuge – on 0808 2000 247 and online at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

 

Police Silent Solution: https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/research-learning/Silent_solution_guide.pdf

For more information about Domestic Abuse please read this supporting survivors of domestic abuse page.

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Newark Women’s Aid provides safe accommodation, with associated support services, for women with or without children, who are living with or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse. Tel: 01636 679687

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Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.

It offers emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services for further help and support.

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Juno Women’s Aid

Juno’s 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline offers support to women, teenage girls and children who have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse.

Tel: 0808 800 0340

Email: enquiries@junowomensaid.org.uk

Deaf and hearing-impaired women can access the Helpline by:

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Email: helpline@junowomensaid.org.uk daily, 9am – 9pm

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Equation: Domestic abuse support for men

Equation provide a free helpline for men which is available Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

A 24/7 confidential answerphone service is also available.

Call: 0115 960 5556

Email: helpline@equation.org.uk

Equation also runs the Respect not fear website for younger people which offers help, advice and links to support.

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NIDAS is a registered charity, formerly known as Mansfield and Ashfield Women’s Aid.

Its aim is to help people experiencing domestic abuse.

They work hard with other agencies to raise awareness of domestic abus

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Karma Nirvana is a registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

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Brightsky App

A free to download app providing support and information to those affected by Domestic Abuse, available in 5 languages, has a unique directory of support services and links of further resources including a journal which you can record incidents.

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Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP)

BWP are here to help women living in the Borough of Broxtowe who are experiencing domestic abuse.We provide a confidential helpline, outreach service, training courses and drop in sessions, all aimed at empowering women and to help them survive domestic abuse.

Find out more about our services below.

Call us if you need our help on 01773 719 111 or email enquiries@broxtowewp.org

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