Serious youth crime is shocking because it clearly represents the squandering of life and potential not just for the victim but for the perpetrator. How can someone so young, with so much life to lead, carry out acts that are so cruel, and so reckless? It is a painfully clear indication that something in the environment in which that young life has been nurtured has gone terribly wrong.
With the number of domestic abuse cases being referred to the Crown Prosecution Service falling and a lack of action on implementing "Eve's Law", the government risks turning back the clock. Eve Thomas has found the courage to fight back and we owe it to her, and other victims of abuse to address what is a small anomaly, but one which will have a huge impact on their lives.
By introducing a code, rather than a law as Labour propose, this Tory-led government is demonstrating just how out of touch they are with the reality of the criminal justice system, and the needs of victims... Without statutory underpinning, the only message this latest announcement sends to victims is: this government is not on your side.