Ulster Unionist Party Leader Robin Swann MLA has welcomed confirmation that the Government is to introduce legislation at Westminster to close the loophole that has seen Northern Ireland be the only part of the United Kingdom where domestic abuse victims are not protected from coercive control.
Robin Swann MLA said:
“I welcome confirmation that the Home Office is to include provisions to protect domestic abuse victims in Northern Ireland from bullying, as part of a Domestic Abuse bill to be introduced at Westminster.
“The Ulster Unionist Party has long stated that it was totally unacceptable that Northern Ireland was the only part of the UK where victims were not protected from coercive control.
“We have led the calls for Westminster to step in in the absence of a functioning local Assembly and Executive and I wrote to the Secretary of State in February urging her to act.
“People need protecting and the police and courts need powers to take action. Nobody in Northern Ireland should be made to suffer because certain political parties cannot agree to share power and work in the best interest of all our people.”