APPG Inquiry into Mental Health and Domestic Abuse

Call for evidence: launched 7th July 2021 – closing deadline 24th September 2021 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and Abuse has launched a call for evidence for an inquiry into domestic abuse and mental health and would like to hear from you. 

Domestic abuse can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the mental health of survivors and their children and causes significant trauma.  For groups facing forms of discrimination and inequality these impacts are compounded further still.  Survivors also report that perpetrators use mental ill-health as a key tactic as part of control and abuse, and that the current health system response fails to meet their needs. 

The inquiry will focus on the barriers and issues currently faced by survivors of domestic abuse when seeking support for their mental health, and how to address these barriers. The Group invites written evidence from survivors, experts, academics and practitioners on the barriers and recommendations to meet the mental health needs of survivors.  

If you want to submit evidence to the inquiry, please read the terms of reference available here.

To submit written evidence to the inquiry please email your submission in a word document to [email protected] by 24th September 2021. Please ensure any submissions adhere to the word limit (1,500 words), and provide the information outlined in the terms of reference.

 Thank you for your interest in contributing to the inquiry. 

Next steps 

Both the oral and written evidence will be collated and analysed by the Secretariat, and written up in to a recommendation report. The APPG aim to publish this report towards the end of 2021. 

Information and invites to attend the oral evidence sessions and report launch will be sent to the APPG mailing list.   

For more information about the APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse, including how to sign up to the mailing list, please visit: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/appg/  

For any queries please email: [email protected] 

If you need help and support, you can access Women’s Aid direct services which include our Live Chat Helpline, the Survivors’ Forum and the Survivor’s Handbook at https://www.womensaid.org.uk/.  You can also email Women’s Aid at [email protected] or contact a local domestic abuse service by using the Domestic Abuse Directory https://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-abuse-directory/.  

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and want to access support over the phone, you can call:   

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247   
  • The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994    
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428    
  • Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123    
  • Rights of Women advice lines, there are a range of services available – got to https://rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-advice/advice-lines/     

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If you are  campaigning from personal experience of domestic abuse, and would like some support thinking through the impact of this and support available, please click here.  

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