Domestic Abuse Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:55 pm on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings 3:55 pm, 2nd October 2019

My right hon. Friend is making a valid point about the breadth of this issue and the need for Departments to co-operate. One of the most disturbing cases ever brought to my surgery—we all know how disturbing surgery cases can be—was that of a disabled man whom I had known in a different context as a cheerful, light-hearted person but who had been abused for years by his wife, who was of course much stronger and more powerful than him. Disabled people and other vulnerable people need to be taken into account here, which is one reason why we need to work across Government.