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Our response to today's announcement on domestic violence
19 September 2012
The change in definition of domestic violence is a welcome
announcement by ministers today - particularly the recognition of
the damaging effect of non-violent coercive behaviour.
Matthew Downie, Action for Children's Head of Public Affairs, says,
"Abuse doesn't have to be physical to have a deep and long lasting
"We welcome efforts to improve the law to tackle domestic abuse
and now call on the government to extend similar protection to
children at risk of neglect.
"The current antiquated law on child neglect is nearly 80 years
old and based on The Poor Law (Amendment) Act 1868 - and
specifically excludes emotional and developmental harm.
"We urge the Government to take action now by extending these
protections for victims of domestic abuse to all young people who
are victims of neglect."
For further information, interviews or a copy of our
proposed amendment to the child neglect law, please visit our child neglect law webpage or contact Adrian
Bradley on 020 3124 0664.