Police receive more than 1,300 reports of domestic violence every day, but it is estimated the true number could be four times that
Domestic violence victims could soon be protected by a specific statute after MPs launched a bill to outlaw it.
Abusers would face up to 14 years’ jail for repeated physical or mental assaults.
Police receive more than 1,300 reports of domestic violence every day, but it is estimated the true number could be four times that.
A similar law in the United States is credited with a 50 per cent rise in reporting, with incidents down a third.
The legislation drafted by Paladin and criminal justice expert Harry Fletcher, who successfully campaigned for a stalking law, has cross-party support.
Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd, who is introducing the bill into Parliament, said: “Domestic abuse is characterised by a catalogue of incidents which can include coercive control and emotional blackmail, as well as physical violence.
“It is high time domestic abuse was made a criminal offence in its own right.”
Mr Fletcher added: “Police and the CPS tend to deal with the matter before them and not courses of repetitive abusive behaviour.
“This bill is the first attempt to criminalise a course of domestic abuse.”