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Our Next PM Urgently Needs To Change This Ludicrous Loophole In Domestic Violence Law

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The publication of the Domestic Violence Bill represents a historic opportunity to challenge the many glaring injustices that still exist in this country’s treatment of survivors of domestic abuse.

But I want to draw attention to one element of the law that is often overlooked, which should absolutely be addressed in this legislation: the automatic entitlement of joint assets for those who have attempted to murder their partner.

A few months ago, I had a harrowing conversation with a Nottinghamshire woman who contacted me after watching a speech I had made about how the criminal justice system retraumatises victims of domestic violence.

She told me her husband had recently been convicted of her attempted murder in a brutal knife attack. A survivor of the worst domestic violence imaginable, she was left minutes from death, saved only by her son and neighbours who valiantly tried to stop her husband’s vicious rage.

She is now trying to rebuild her life after inconceivable physical trauma – though perhaps worse is the mental trauma, both for her and her son. I cannot even begin to........

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