As part of a raft of new measures to better protect victims of domestic violence, the government has announced that it will be relaxing rules around voting so that victims of abuse can vote anonymously.

This measure is designed to prevent perpetrators of abuse from being able to track their victims online. At the moment, the law only allows anonymity when a court order is granted or if a senior police officer agrees.

The move could see a large increase in the number of police officers being able to grant anonymity, with social workers also potentially being given this power.

An extract from The Independent outlines potential ways this new measure could work:

“Under the changes, someone could be granted anonymity with documents including evidence of a person having been convicted of domestic abuse, or “findings of fact” that abuse took place.

Evidence that someone has been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK as a victim of domestic violence, or granted legal aid on domestic violence grounds, could also be sufficient.”

If you have any views on this proposal, the government is encouraging you to submit your thoughts. You can do this by emailing: anonymous-registration@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 

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