Just when I thought Amy Adams was trying to redeem herself after the stupid Harmful Digital Communications Act she goes and does this.
Protection orders should have an expiry date, MPs have recommended.
The Government is overhauling domestic violence laws and Justice Minister Amy Adams won’t rule out adopting the proposal.
But barrister and and anti-domestic violence campaigner Catriona MacLennan says implementing a sunset clause is a “terrible idea” and a “backward step.”
“Under previous law, if a couple reconciled then that brought the protection order to an end,” she explained. This was changed after abusive husband Alan Bristol killed his three daughters, all under 10, in 1994. A judicial inquiry recommended protection orders remain in force permanently.
“With domestic violence there is a pattern of behaviour and then the man might talk the woman into having him back before she finally leaves. If they reconciled under the old law, the woman had to go through the whole process [to obtain a new order] again.
“Now, if there is more violence, it is still in existence but doesn’t have any impact unless the woman wants to use it again. They don’t have to go to court again which is time-consuming, expensive and stressful.”
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