Domestic Abuse

Home Office written question – answered on 17th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to combat any rise of domestic violence perpetrators using technology to control their partners.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Our landmark Domestic Abuse Bill was announced alongside the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. Subject to parliamentary approval, we are fully committed to enacting this landmark legislation at the earliest opportunity and implementing it quickly. Technologically facilitated abuse will be included within the statutory guidance that will accompany the Domestic Abuse Bill.

We have also provided Refuge with £250,000 of funding through the Tampon Tax to provide specialist nationwide support to staff and survivors who experience technologically facilitated abuse. We have also provided Northumbria PCC with £646,000 through the Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service Transformation Fund for a project which includes work to tackle cyberstalking.

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