Margot Parker, UKIP's Women's and Equalities spokesman has backed plans to create tougher laws to deal with domestic abuse.
But the East Midlands MEP has said education is also vital in tackling the problem. The Government has revealed proposals to oversee the creation of new laws to deal with domestic abuse in England and Wales. A new Act would tackle inconsistencies across the country, although it is unclear what shape the new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act might take.
Margot said: "Domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime – too many women and indeed men, are living in fear of their partners and are living in fear in their own homes. More has to be done. Tougher legislation yes! But we also need to tackle the problem by educating people about abuse and the damage it does.
"Any legislation needs to be simple and straight forward and the punishment has to fit the crime. There is a lot of work to be done, not least on the support network and making it safe for victims to report these crimes – too many go un-reported because of fear and lack of support networks.
“And we must remember those who cannot go out with, let alone marry, who they choose, who are at risk of or subjected to the abomination of female genital mutilation - for whom the threat of so-called ‘honour violence’ and even ‘honour killing’ is a constant constraint on the choices they make.
“In every major town and city in this land there are women living in this pre-emancipation, pre-suffrage state.”
She said it was also crucial to involve victims of domestic abuse in the shaping of a new ACT – saying their experiences and knowledge would be invaluable"