This is extracted from a news report from the Guardian. The use of “would” in
this context does not seem to have been covered by any grammar book. It is not
future in the past. It is not conditional. It does not look like hedging or
tentative which usually appears in the forms of “it would appear” or “it would
seem that” any one has any idea?
Now the proposed law “would” provide a legal framework that “would” make
domestic abuse a specific offence and “would” allow for the examination of an
offender's course of conduct over a period of time. Supporters say this “would”
encourage more women to report a crime that is often neglected by the criminal
justice system, sometimes with tragic consequences. Research shows that the
average victim does not report abuse until subjected to at least 30 incidents.
Only 30% of reports to police result in arrest and only one in six reports lead
to a charge.
The law “would” see domestic abuse categorised as both physical and
psychological and perpetrated against the victim or the victim's children. It
“would” define abuse as "intentionally, wilfully or recklessly causing, or
attempting to cause, physical injury or psychological harm to a person"
and introduce protective orders prohibiting an abuser from making contact with