Petition update

Law change coming, & flashmob #ICantKeepQuiet

Safe Strong Secure - 3S

Apr 4, 2018 — Thank you again to all who have signed - please keep sharing the petition and talking about this issue- we have 1,933 signatures at present, let's get 2,000! I met with Minister Bill Malarkey and DHA CEO Mark Kelly yesterday afternoon. Change is definitely coming! Bill Malarkey stated that he is 100% behind changing the law and also stressed that his main concern is protection of children witnessing abuse. DHA assured me they are looking at doing more preventative intervention before violence escalates, and also looking at providing more housing options for victims of domestic violence. Most importantly in terms of this Petition, they are currently drafting the "Diversion of Offenders and Domestic Abuse Bill". For the first time on IoM Domestic Violence will be named as a criminal act. The new bill will also cover Coercive Control and non-physical forms of abuse. The new bill will introduce Domestic Violence Protection Notices. New guidance will be issued and training will be given police to recognise coercive control. The effect on children will be part of the definition of coercive control. I gave them a copy of the comments on this petition. The planned new Bill is intended to be modelled on the English legislation. I suggested that they also look at the Scottish approach, which considers domestic abuse as a "course of conduct" and so is better able to see the pattern of abusive behaviour, this addresses some of the shortfalls of the English coercive control legislation. (see article below) The Bill is planned to go out to public consultation in May/June, so this is an opportunity for everyone who signed this Petition to have their say and help ensure that the new law, once finalised, is a good law, that covers all we want it to cover with no loopholes. Mark Kelly also stated that they wanted input from victims on their experiences and what it is they think needs to be covered in the new Bill. You may do this in comments at the public consultation stage, or if you would like your story presented as an anonymous case study to the Department before then, please get in touch with Safe Strong Secure - 3S and we will pass the collected stories to DHA.
Meanwhile, please join us at the #I Cant Keep Quiet Flashmob against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on Strand Street this Saturday at 1pm. For further details see our Face Book page or email the above address.

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