The UK government is set to introduce tougher sentences for domestic abusers who kill their partners, following a review by barrister Clare Wade.
Why it matters
The changes aim to ensure justice for victims of abuse in serious cases and recognise that the majority of people killed in domestic cases where there is a background of abuse are women attacked by men. The move has been welcomed by domestic abuse campaigners, who have been calling for a change to the minimum sentence for domestic homicide.
What the papers say
All sources report on the UK government's plans to introduce tougher sentences for domestic abusers who kill their partners, following a review by barrister Clare Wade. They all highlight that the changes will mean that judges will be able to consider a history of abusive, coercive or controlling behaviour against the victim or the use of excessive violence as aggravating factors in sentencing decisions for murder. The sources also report that the government aims to increase sentencing in cases involving so-called rough sex deaths. The articles differ in their level of detail and emphasis, but all report on the same event and its significance.
How we got here
The review was commissioned following the deaths of Ellie Gould, 17, and Poppy Devey Waterhouse, 24, who were both stabbed to death in their homes by male partners. The review recognised that the current sentencing system failed to take account of the fact that many domestic homicides are preceded by years of abuse. The government is proceeding with some of the recommendations initially, including longer sentences for killers with a history of coercive control or extreme violence.
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