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Booze ban and tagging on cards for domestic abusers

DOMESTIC abusers could be banned from drinking alcohol and electronically tagged under government plans.

Perpetrators could also be ordered to attend parenting or drug and alcohol treatment programmes to reduce the risk of further offending.

For the first time, courts could impose electronic monitoring as a condition of proposed domestic abuse protection orders, which would prevent intimidation and stalking.

Breaching an order would be a criminal offence. The draft Domestic Abuse Bill also includes plans for tougher sentences for cases affecting children.

Home secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) said she wanted the bill to ‘change the way we as a country think about domestic abuse, recognising it is a crime that comes in many forms’.

Katie Ghose, of Women’s Aid, said she wanted wide-ranging changes that ‘ensure every survivor and her child can safely escape domestic abuse’.

An estimated 1.9million people aged 16 to 59 suffered domestic abuse in the last 12 months. Figures also show 82 women and 13 men were killed by a partner or former partner in 2016/17.