British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged his government will introduce domestic abuse legislation when Parliament returns in mid-October.
The Domestic Abuse Bill championed by his predecessor Theresa May fell by the wayside when he prorogued Parliament ahead of presentation of his government’s programme in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October.
All progress made on bills still working through the legislature is undone when Parliament is suspended, and his controversial prorogation caused angst among campaigners, worried the bill’s raft of anti-domestic abuse proposals would never become law.
But on 12 September Johnson tweeted: “Domestic abuse shatters lives & tears families apart. We are fully committed to tackling this horrific crime – which is why the Queen’s Speech will confirm we will be reintroducing domestic abuse legislation in the next session.”