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Domestic abuse 'tormentors' will be forced to take lie detector tests when they are freed from jail under tough new laws announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel.  

In a hard-hitting article for the Mail, the Home Secretary says 'tormentors' who inflict appalling cruelty on their other halves will face longer behind bars.

Police and the courts will be given tougher powers to ensure domestic abuse suspects stay away from partners and family members they are accused of tormenting - even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them.

Thugs who beat up their partners will have to take lie detector tests when they leave prison in a bid to prevent them re-offending. 

Vowing to introduce measures to put victims' first, Mrs Patel says she is 'utterly unapologetic' at getting tougher with culprits who destroy lives.

She says her pledge to put 20,000 extra police officers on the streets will help bring more perpetrators to justice.

In a hard-hitting article for the Mail, the Home Secretary says 'tormentors' who inflict appalling cruelty on their other halves will face longer behind bars

In a hard-hitting article for the Mail, the Home Secretary says 'tormentors' who inflict appalling cruelty on their other halves will face longer behind bars

Mrs Patel spoke out ahead of the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill being brought back to the Commons, a move celebrated by campaigners as a major breakthrough.

The scourge of domestic abuse hit the headlines again last month when the Duchess of Cornwall said it was one of Britain's most shameful secrets.

During a charity reception at Clarence House, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, revealed she had friends who have been victims of violence and coercive control.

Two women a week are killed through domestic violence. Research shows 30 per cent of women - about five million - and 16 per cent of men, or 2.5million, experience domestic abuse. 

The problem costs a staggering £66billion a year.

Writing below, Mrs Patel describes her horror at hearing 'too many heart-rending stories' of women - and men - who have suffered at the hands of their partner.

She said 'chilling testimonies' from those who had been victim to such abuses had 'strengthened' her resolve.

She said: 'We will ensure the most serious violent and sexual offenders spend longer behind bars.

'I am utterly unapologetic about getting tough on the worst criminals.

'I will not stop until levels of confidence in our criminal justice system improve and wraps its arms around victims.' She added: 'Victims need to know we are on their side, because in some cases, their very lives depend on it.' Under the most eye-catching Home Office proposal, measures introduced in 2015 to tackle the problem, which ban abusive partners from going near their home for up to 28 days, will be extended.

Renamed as Domestic Violence Protection Orders, there will, in the future, be no time limit - as long as a judge agrees.

For the first time, suspects face being banned from drinking alcohol and could be fitted with electronic tags to ensure they comply with strict conditions, such as exclusion zones.

Perpetrators could be compelled to attend courses in a bid to change their behaviour, such as parenting classes, mental health assessments or drug treatment programmes.

Family members and third parties can make applications for orders to the authorities.

Flouting an order is a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in prison. 

The Bill will also introduce a new statutory definition of domestic abuse which, for the first time, includes a reference to 'economic' abuse. 

This would cover circumstances where bullies abuse their partners by denying them access to basic resources such as food, clothing and transportation. 

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And abusers will be banned from cross-examining their victims in family courts - sparing them additional trauma.

The Bill will also introduce a new statutory definition of domestic abuse which, for the first time, includes a reference to 'economic' abuse

The Bill will also introduce a new statutory definition of domestic abuse which, for the first time, includes a reference to 'economic' abuse

Victims could also be given the same status

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