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Statement: Lyn Gooding responds to intention of victims to get more time to report domestic abuse in England and Wales

At First Light we are pleased to learn that the government is intending to adopt the amendment from Baroness Newlove and give survivors of domestic abuse a longer time limit for a charge to be brought against someone for common assault.
The change is expected to come as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament.
Lyn Gooding, CEO: “As a provider of services that support people adversely affected by domestic abuse, we very much welcome this announcement, especially as it comes off the back of today’s earlier announcement by the Whitehall Watchdog that highlighted the backlog of cases waiting to be dealt with by criminal courts will “remain a problem for many years”, severely affecting victims.
“It sometimes takes years for victims to summon the courage to report their abuse, if and when they do, then there needs to be given sufficient time for a thorough investigation to take place, without the risk of not securing justice just because a case is deemed to be out of time.
“We only hope these proposed changes happen soon to avoid too many more victims being let down by the criminal justice system.”