Anonymous vote for domestic abuse victims a welcome move
Recent legislation (which came into force in March 2018), now allows some victims of domestic abuse to vote anonymously. This is certainly a step in the right direction for the victims involved.
The changes are not only effective in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but also came into effect in Scotland from April 2018.
This will affect around 12,000 victims who have suffered domestic abuse. They will be able to register to vote without fear of their name and address appearing on the electoral role and take comfort in the fact that the perpetuator will not be able to locate them.
To add to this, a greater number of professionals can now provide formal verification of a person’s status as a victim of domestic abuse. This includes refuge managers, medical staff (including nurses and midwives) and police officers.
The internet and social media has made it far more difficult for people to live a life of anonymity. The victims need to feel safe and secure so therefore the legislation is very much needed.
Domestic abuse is an issue that affects all cultures and strands of society and is a subject that can often play a part in divorce and separation. If you wish to know more about this subject or wish to discuss any issue surrounding separation or divorce, please contact us today at Pindoria Solicitors.