• Domestic abuse – Perpetrators face a gun ban

    Those with a history of domestic abuse must be stopped from having guns, according to the Home Office.

    Ministers have proposed that Police in England, Wales and Scotland must look into whether a person is responsible enough and suitable for keeping firearms after any incident of domestic violence.

    In addition, family members must confidentially ask family members if they have any concerns about the person in question.

    This change comes after Michael Atherton shot three members of his family and then himself in 2012.He had been approved to own guns despite having received a warning because of previous incidents of domestic violence.

    I believe that this is great news in relation to domestic violence and sees a positive move to potentially diminish the opportunity for perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse to obtain a firearms certificate.

    Police can now refuse or withdraw a license if officers have intelligence relating to abuse and violence, even if the individual has not been convicted, it also sates that officers should speak to family members confidentially, if they have intelligence or evidence of domestic violence.

    Guidance however is only useful and effective if those in authority put provisions and appropriate resources in place to ensure this guidance is carried out, for the sake of potential victims of domestic violence lets hope they do.

    Through my website and private practice I provide information, resources and advice regarding domestic abuse violence. I am a domestic violence expert and my aim with my website is to provide the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education in order to enhance overall health and wellbeing. I also run counselling sessions so please get in touch to find out more.

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