Domestic abusers could be banned from drinking alcohol and be electronically tagged under a Government crackdown.

For the first time courts will be given powers to impose electronic monitoring as a condition of the proposed Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, and perpetrators could be required to attend parenting programmes or drug and alcohol treatment to reduce further risk.

The details emerged as the Government launched a consultation on a draft Domestic Abuse Bill.

It will also introduce a new statutory definition of domestic abuse, which includes a reference to “economic” abuse for the first time.

Cases, where abusers force victims to take out loans, could also fall under the economic strand.

Other measures being weighed up for inclusion in the new bill include tougher sentences for domestic abuse that affects children and giving domestic abuse victims the same status in court as those who have suffered modern slavery or sex offences.

An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales for the year ending March 2017.

Figures also show 82 women and 13 men were killed by a partner or former partner in 2016/17.

Philippa Ladd, chief executive of Changing Pathways in Basildon, welcomed the proposals but said they should go beyond the justice system.

She said: “Usually it's the victims who have to make the changes as they may have to move into a refuge. If the perpetrator is not persecuted they get to continue on with their life.

“The changes have to be part of a comprehensive package for survivors that goes beyond the justice system.”

She said the inclusion of ‘economic’ abuse was also welcome.

She added: “We see survivors every day who are being abused financially. It’s the bigger picture of the abuse and its important society recognises it.

“There is still this perception that if they aren’t hit, they have not experienced domestic abuse.”

Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, also welcomed the consultation.

She added: “We want to see the bill encompass and go beyond changes to the justice system to include policies on housing, education, health, immigration and the welfare system to ensure every survivor and her child can safely escape abuse.”