Around 12,000 victims currently living in refuges will now be able to register to vote anonymously since the government passed legislation designed to protect victims of domestic abuse.
Previously, domestic abuse survivors could only register to vote anonymously if they could prove that their safety was at risk. This meant that evidence from a qualifying officer had to be produced, usually in the form of a letter. However, it was often extremely difficult for survivors to produce the forms of evidence required or access a qualifying officer.
Women’s Aid and the Electoral Commission have campaigned to help bring about the new changes to the process of registering to vote anonymously. These include broadening the range of people able to certify that a survivor’s safety is at risk, as well as the evidence that survivors can provide.
This represents a huge victory in the fight against domestic abuse. Victims and survivors of domestic abuse can now participate in the political process without fear that their perpetrators will track them down.
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