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South Yorkshire Commissioner gives support for new law

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has written to the Government calling for new legislation to protect victims of domestic violence.

He has also written to other Commissioners urging them to join the campaign for ‘Eve’s Law’.

His letter was sent after Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Tracey Cheetham, met Eve Thomas - a survivor of domestic abuse and the driving force behind the campaign for the new law.

Eve escaped a violent and abusive relationship and a former partner was convicted of battery and subjected to legal restrictions preventing him from contacting her.

But when Eve ended up in court for an unrelated civil issue she was ordered to disclose her new address, which her ex-partner could then have found out.

“It is vital that victims of domestic abuse are protected,” said Ms Cheetham.

“It is utterly inconceivable for a court to have to publicly release a victim’s safe-house address and put them at risk of further abuse. The justice system should protect victims, not endanger them.

“I have met so many victims over the past year, including Eve, and have been shocked at what some of them have endured. I have also been amazed at the bravery and strength they demonstrate in moving on with their lives.

“I am convinced Eve’s Law is just one step that we must take to ensure victims of domestic violence are helped and supported in moving on and living without constant fear.”

Eve said: “I am very pleased to have the backing of Shaun Wright, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and his Deputy.

“I hope other PCCs will join them in supporting the campaign.”

 

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