Jo Stevens, Labour’s Candidate for Cardiff Central, is calling on the UK Government to introduce Eve’s Law to protect victims of domestic abuse.
The proposed change would mean woman would no longer have to disclose their safe address when appearing in court. Currently women who are victims of domestic abuse have to give their safe addresses if they appear in court on an unrelated matter - even if it is a women’s refuge. This information is then published in the public domain and is accessible to violent ex-partners seeking to track them down.
The Eve’s Law campaign is calling on the Government to introduce a marker system which would red flag the personal information of a victim of abuse as confidential and highly sensitive and would ensure that the data would never be publicly disclosed unless exceptional circumstances demanded it.
Jo Stevens said, "Victims of domestic abuse are rightly afraid of their abuser finding their address. Two woman a week are killed in the UK by current or former partners."
"For them to have to make public details of their safe address can only increase their anxiety and it obviously makes it possible for violent and abusive ex-partners can track them down.
"Introducing Eve’s Marker - a flag on the court system to not release personal details - will protect women and families who would otherwise be at risk."
Note to Editors:
Eve’s Law is a campaign started by Eve Thomas, herself a victim of domestic abuse. Click here
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