Regardless of one's political leanings, it can surely not be argued that welcome leadership has been displayed this week by our Prime Minister. Announcing her intention directly to oversee work to develop a new law to tackle domestic violence, she seeks to end the current “unacceptable” situation which sees some areas of the country put more effort into the problem than others.

The moves come amid concerns in No 10 that the legal system often lets down victims, partly because the plethora of different offences and procedures that currently exist have resulted in a postcode lottery.

Here are some very sobering Office for National Statistics domestic abuse figures for the year ending March 2016

1.8m people aged between16-59 told Crime Survey for England and Wales they were a victim

  • 1.2m Female victims

  • 651,000 Male victims

  • 79%Did not contact police

  • 100,930 Cases resulted in prosecution

  • That means 8.2% of women and 4.0% of men reported experiencing domestic abuse in the previous year, which is the equivalent to 1.3 million female victims and 600,000 male victims. It accounts for 16% of all violent crime.

    Unsurprisingly, the news has been welcomed by anti-abuse charities including Women's Aid, the NSPCC and Refuge.

Mark Brooks, chairman of the ManKind Initiative charity, called for a "real step change" in supporting and recognising male victims of domestic violence, saying they made up to a third of all victims.

Here's hoping that action follows hard on the heels of the promises. As we see the horrific impact in Russia of the significant softening of the law on domestic violence within marriage, there can be little doubt that the more seriously the law-makers take the need for such protection, the safer both women, and men, will be.