Tuesday 4 January 2022 / 4:51 PM Crime / Home Affairs / Justice / Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper responds to Government support for domestic abuse victims to have more time to report assaults

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the news that the Government will support Labour’s proposal to lift the ​six-month time limit on prosecuting common assault in cases of domestic abuse in England and Wales, said:

“We’ve been putting huge pressure on the Government to lift the time limit so I’m glad they have now accepted our proposal to stop victims of domestic abuse being timed out of justice.

“We will keep up the pressure for more action. This is one of many measures Labour is pushing for to tackle violence against women and girls. Over the last five years prosecutions for rape and domestic abuse have plummeted. Too many perpetrators are being let off, too many victims are being let down and the Conservative Government isn’t doing enough to turn that around.

“Labour has a serious and workable plan to tackle the epidemic of Violence Against Women and Girls. Thank you to everyone who backed the campaign for this change and we will keep pushing for further action.”