Victoria Atkins, MP, met with the family of Kerri McAuley on Friday 26th of this month. Mrs Atkins, who is currently preparing a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, commended Kerri's family on the action they are taking with MP Chloe Smith to raise awareness and prevent other women from becoming victims.
Kerri McAuley, mother of two, suffered 19 injuries to her head and face following an attack by serial abuser Joe Storey, her former partner. Storey then left her to die alone in her Norwich home in January last year. Joe Storey was found guilty of murder and given a life sentence with a minimum term of 24 years in jail.
Mr Storey was also jailed for four years in 2011 for two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against two previous partners including one who was thought to be pregnant, who he repeatedly kicked and punched in the stomach stating he "hoped he had killed the unborn baby". Mrs Atkins said that the aim of the new bill would also be to "try and tackle the cycle of violence so that when people commit domestic abuse they are not going from relationship to relationship and continuing their violence."
After her meeting with the McAuley family, Mrs Atkins said: "one of the things I've been so struck with in this campaign with the McAuley family is one of Kerri's legacies is to help other victims of domestic abuse. We want to try and bring all that energy and all those ideas into our bill so that the law is updated, it reflects domestic abuse across the country and ways in which we can tackle it."
Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, said there would soon be a public consultation on the bill which she is keen for as many people as possible to take part in.
If you have been affected by domestic violence or abuse, you can talk to us in complete confidence, by telephoning us on 01603 620508 and asking to speak to one of our Family Solicitors in Norwich. Alternatively, you can email us.