The problem for Sarah – and for thousands of domestic abuse victims and survivors across the country – is that there is a six-month limit on prosecuting common assault.
In theory some of these domestic abuse cases might be picked up by other offences. Repeated or serious violence can be charged as aggravated bodily harm (ABH) where no time limits apply.
That is why I am putting forward an amendment to the law with cross-party support, to extend the time limit on common assault in domestic abuse cases.
No, the law is magisterial in its equality, the rich get to sleep under bridges just as do the poor.
Common assault is common assault whether it’s by a bloke of a bird, educating Owen Jones or by a bird on a bloke.
There’s nowt speshul about domestic abuse. If it’s common assault then that’s what it is. And if it’s ABH, GBH, attempted murder and all the rest then that’s also what it is.