A lawyer who heads up one of the region’s largest family law departments has praised a landmark domestic abuse bill published today by the Government.
Nathan Wright, a partner with Legal 500 top tier law firm, GHP Legal, said the bill was something he and other family solicitors had been pushing hard for over the last ten years.
The landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill aims to deliver much-needed support for victims of domestic abuse and their families, and to pursue offenders. The new legislation provides, for the first time, a statutory definition of domestic abuse, which includes economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical abuse.
Speaking about today’s Government publication Nathan Wright, whose firm represents domestic abuse clients across several counties from its offices in Wrexham, Oswestry, Llangollen and Chirk, said: “During my career as a family law specialist I have encountered numerous cases where frightened spouses and partners have chosen not to bring cases against their bullying other half for fear that they would not be taken seriously, the case would be thrown out of court; and the perpetrators would make their lives worse than ever after being found not guilty.
“Now, hopefully, those spouses and partners who are suffering covert domestic abuse, as opposed to physical domestic abuse, will have the confidence to tackle their plight and find it a relief that they cannot be crossed-examined by their perpetrator.”