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Theresa May plans shake-up of domestic abuse laws

By David Hughes

New laws to tackle domestic violence will be developed to end the current "unacceptable" situation which sees some areas of the country put more effort into the problem than others.

Theresa May will directly oversee work to develop a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act aimed at addressing a lack of clarity in existing laws and raising public awareness of the problem.

The Prime Minister said domestic violence and abuse is "life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent", and insisted the Government's new approach would deliver a system that increases convictions and works for victims.

The moves come amid concerns in Number 10 that the legal system often lets down victims, partly because the plethora of different offences and procedures that currently exist have resulted in a postcode lottery.

Mrs May, who said she had attached "personal importance" to the issue while at the Home Office, will oversee a cross-Government effort to improve the situation.

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