HMJ: Domestic abuse to be treated as seriously as knife crime

By Laura Sharman | 08 December 2021

A change to the Serious Violence Duty will ensure a public health approach is taken to tackling domestic abuse and sexual offences, the Government has announced.

The change to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will mean domestic abuse and sexual offences will be considered as seriously as homicide and knife crime.

Under the new legal duty, health bodies, local government, the police and Government must collaborate locally and develop more holistic strategies.

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