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Domestic Abuse Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:04 pm on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley Conservative, Staffordshire Moorlands 3:04 pm, 2nd October 2019

The hon. Gentleman is right on all counts, and he takes me to my next point. One of the challenges is having the tools to tackle this crime. The problem with having only criminal measures is that the burden of proof is so high. Civil measures, which we introduced for various things, including honour crimes and domestic violence, and which of course are introduced by the Bill in the form of the new domestic abuse protection order, are very important because the burden of proof is so much lower. In the exact circumstance that the hon. Gentleman talks about, use of a civil measure means that the police can intervene earlier and prevent the crime.