Theresa May launches a major review of how the UK tackles domestic violence and abuse
The former Home Secretary said more work was needed to stop victims being let down by a legal system which operated too patchily across the country, even though prosecution and conviction rates had started to improve in recent years.
A major programme will consider what more can be done to improve support for victims, particularly in the legal system.
It is expected to lead to a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act bringing together the current host of different laws on the issue, making it easier for enforcement authorities to act.
A major programme will consider what more can be done to improve support for victims
Domestic violence and abuse is a life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime
The Prime Minister will directly oversee the work, which she hopes will also raise public awareness and encourage victims to report their abusers.
Mrs May said: "Domestic violence and abuse is a life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime.
"Tackling it is a key priority for this Government, and something I have always attached a personal importance to."
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She said she wants to build on measures she introduced as Home Secretary including the new offense of "controlling and coercive behaviour" to ensure that "no stone will be left unturned in delivering a system that increases convictions, and works better for victims".
She believed the new drive could "completely transform the way we think about and tackle domestic violence and abuse.
"There are thousands of people who are suffering at the hands of abusers – often isolated, and unaware of the options and support available to them to end it.
"Given the central importance of victim evidence to support prosecutions in this area, raising public awareness, as well as consolidating the law, will prove crucial."