All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and Abuse

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic abuse costs society a staggering £66 billion every year and the lives of, on average, three women every fortnight in England and Wales.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence and Abuse has now been re-established post the election, and brings together members from across political parties in the House of Commons and House of Lords to discuss key issues related to domestic abuse, and hears directly from survivors, service providers and experts.

Within the previous parliament, thousands of survivors and many cross-party parliamentarians provided their expertise in the development of a domestic abuse bill which sadly fell due to the general election. Dedicated legislation is a critical opportunity to transform the response to domestic abuse, so it was welcome that the bill was brought back in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019. The APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse will continue to be an important space to debate and consider the proposed law, and hear what survivors, support services, experts and parliamentarians want to see change.

The APPG recognises, however, that such a bill is not only the vehicle for change. The societal issues, attitudes and inequalities that underpin and perpetrate domestic abuse will not be tackled through legislation alone. The scope of the APPG’s meetings for 2020 will therefore go ‘beyond the bill’ and consider wider priorities and emerging trends.

Read our latest report

Read the 2018-19 Annual Report

Women’s Aid is delighted to be the Secretariat to this group and supports the group in an administrative and operational capacity.

List of Officers for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and Abuse:

APPG Chairs:

Chair: Apsana Begum MP

Vice-Chair: Baroness Bertin


Vicky Foxcroft MP

Baroness Thornton

Caroline Lucas MP

Alex Norris MP

Baroness Hamwee

Sir Peter Bottomley MP

Gavin Newlands MP

Alison Thewliss MP

Baroness Verma

Emma Hardy MP

Naz Shah MP

Kate Griffiths MP

Baroness Burt

Fleur Anderson MP

Kim Johnson MP

Paula Barker MP

Baroness Lister

Mark Fletcher MP

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Jess Phillips MP

Maria Miller MP

Want to get involved?

The APPG meetings are open to the public to attend. If you would like to receive updates from the APPG and invitations to meetings, click on the link below to sign up to our mailing list.

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Previous meetings:

12th October 2020The next VAWG Strategy: creating an equal society for women and girls
15th July 2019Sexual Violence within Intimate Partner Relationships: How will the Domestic Abuse Bill Help?
25th February 2019The Draft Domestic Abuse Bill - Ensuring it works for all
5th December 2018Domestic Abuse – A Neglected Public Health Issue
16th October 2018Strengthening Support for Victims and Survivors
12th September 2018Creating a Truly Transformative Domestic Abuse Bill: Recommendations Report Launch
18th July 2018Tackling the Root Causes of Domestic Abuse
6th June 2018Women’s Mental Health and Gender-Based Violence: A joint session of the Mental Health and Domestic Violence APPGs
21st May 2018A joint meeting of the APPG on Ending Homelessness & the APPG on Domestic Violence
20th February 2018A Job Description for the new Domestic Abuse Commissioner – read the minutes of this meeting here.
Following this meeting of the APPG, the government announced a public consultation on the new Domestic Abuse Bill – read more here.
1st November 2017"Will the Bill Stop Her Being Turned Away” Support for Survivors with No Recourse to Public Funds.
19th July 2017Inaugural Meeting and AGM; Transforming our National Response - Priorities for the Domestic Violence & Abuse Act
29th March 2017Tackling Misogyny as a Hate Crime
The APPG requested further research into the classification of misogyny as a hate crime. A research note by Felicity Kaganas was completed following the meeting. Available here
27th February 2017Tackling Domestic Abuse in a Digital Age
26th October 2016Expert Discussion on Online Abuse
14th September 2016Brexit and Domestic Abuse - Opportunities for Change?
Following the meeting Women’s Aid have produced briefing on the Impact of Leaving the EU. Download the briefing here.
13th July 2016AGM and Welfare Reforms and Domestic Abuse Survivors
20th April 2016Briefing Launch: Findings of the Hearing on Domestic Abuse, Child Contact and the Family Courts
27th January 2016Parliamentary Hearing on Domestic Abuse, Child Contact and the Family Courts
17th June 2015AGM and the priorities for a new Government tackling domestic violence
24th February 2015APPG report launch: The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
8th December 2014Project Mirabal Research Findings on Perpetrators Programmes
November 2014APPG Inquiry Oral Evidence Sessions - The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.
September 2014Launch of PPG Inquiry Consultation into the Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.
9th June 2014Meeting exploring Early Intervention and Troubled Families
20th March 2014APPG Inquiry report launch - Women's Access to Justice
25th November and 27th November 2013 APPG Inquiry Oral Evidence Sessions - Women's Access to Justice
9th September 2013Meeting on the Impact the Cuts to Funding and commissioning Deforms on Domestic and Sexual Violence Services


Publications and reports

The APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse conducts in-depth inquiries into key issues raised through APPG meetings. The inquiries include evidence submissions from survivors of domestic violence, domestic violence professionals, academics, politicians and charities.

Previous Inquiries and reports have included: Women’s Access to Justice and The Changing Landscape of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Services.

View APPG Reports

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