VICTIMS will be able to “ban abusers from pub” according to new law which was set up in memory of a carer murdered by her husband.
Under Kay’s law, victims of domestic abuse will be able to get the suspect barred from places they used to go together if they fear they might turn up there.
The law was named in honour of Kay Richardson who was murdered by her husband
The bill comes amid fears of safety of women after Sarah Everard’s killingCredit: PA
Such places could include pubs, clubs and restaurants, school gates or even homes of relatives and friends, the Sunday People report.
The law has been named after Kay Richardson, 49, who was killed in 2018 by husband Alan Martin, 53, after accusing him of rape.
Martin strangled his estranged wife after police gave him back his keys to their house, an inquest heard in August 2019.
The aim of “Kay’s Law” is to protect women from violent ex-partners and those who face charges of violent or sexual abuse and stalking but have been released on bail.
It also seeks to increase jail terms for sex offenders.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will stop serious sexual and violent offenders doing only half the sentence and they will have to serve at least two-thirds.
The new measure will also give victims of domestic abuse greater protection, forcing officers to bring in tougher bail conditions.
Sarah Everard disappeared walking home from a friend’s flat on March 3Credit: PA
Karen Ingala Smith, chief executive of domestic violence charity Nia, told the outlet: “Rape and domestic abuse prosecutions are falling and good laws are worthless if they fail in implementation.”
Zoe Dronfield, 41, who survived a brutal attack by her serial stalker boyfriend, said: “Obviously all these things are great, they put more stipulations around the offenders and aim to keep the victims safe.
“Victims go back to abusers because they can’t get away. This seems to be about keeping the abuser away, which is a good thing.”
The Bill comes amid fears of safety for women after Sarah Everard’s killing.
“Too many of us have worked home from work alone, only to hear footsteps following closely behind us.
“Too many of us have pretended to be on the phone to a friend to scare someone off.
Karen Ingala Smith, said “good laws are worthless if they fail in implementation.”Credit: Collect
Zoe Dronfield, 41, survived an attack from her boyfriend in 2014Credit: Caters News Agency
“Too many of us have clutched our keys in our fist in case we need to defend ourselves and that is not ok.”
Earlier this month it was revealed Labour will vote against Kay’s Law.
Sir Keir will order his MPs to vote against the Bill, claiming it is a “complete missed opportunity” to crackdown on violence against women.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.