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Domestic violence victim wins secrecy on hiding place

A domestic violence campaigner from the North West has persuaded the government to keep the new addresses of victims secret from their abusive partners.

When Eve Thomas refused to tell a court where she was hiding from her ex-husband, she was told she would be sent to jail.

Since then she has pushed the government to change the law. Now the Home Office has announced that "Eve's Law" will be adopted as a code of practice.

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More protection needed for domestic abuse survivors

Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw Credit: PA

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, wants MPs to back a campaign for more protection for domestic abuse survivors.

Campaigner Eve Thomas, from Bolton, is calling for a change in the law to ensure victims do not have their safe-house addresses released.

Domestic abuse campaigner, Eve Thomas Credit: ITV Granada

Ms Thomas escaped a violent relationship and her former partner was ordered not to contact her.

While defending an unrelated civil issue in court, Ms Thomas discovered a legal loop-hole that would allow her safe-house address to be made publicly available to her former partner.

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The Commissioner's support comes during a week of action in Lancashire to highlight the problem of domestic abuse in the county.