APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse


All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and Abuse

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence and Abuse was set up as a forum to work with parliamentarians on the issue of domestic abuse and to facilitate engagement between organisations, academics, commissioners and leaders in the violence against women (VAWG) space and key decision makers. It also provides an important platform for survivors of domestic abuse to discuss their experiences with parliamentarians to inform policy changes to better support survivors of domestic  abuse.  

The APPG is a unique opportunity to hold ministers to account on securing change and improvements for survivors of domestic abuse.

In the 2023-24 parliamentary session, the APPG will look at examining a number of key issues and policy areas where change is needed to support survivors of domestic abuse.

The Group’s Chair and Vice Chair are keen to continue to build on the momentum behind the Group and will look at holding this programme of meetings in a hybrid fashion to accommodate those who may find in person meetings in the House of Commons inaccessible, while ensuring MPs and Peers are still able to benefit from meeting and discussing important issues as a group.

To sign up to the APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse mailing list, click here.
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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 & Officers:

  • Chair Apsana Begum MP
  • Co – Chair Sir Robert Buckland MP
  • Vice Chair Baroness Bertin
  • Officer Baroness Lister
  • Officer Kate Kniveton MP


Fleur Anderson MP
Paula Barker MP
Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Baroness Brady
Sarah Champion MP
Theo Clarke MP
Mark Fletcher MP
Vicky Foxcroft MP
Emma Hardy MP
Kim Johnson MP

Kate Kniveton MP
Baroness Lister of Burtersett
Caroline Lucas MP
Rt Hon Maria Miller MP
Gavin Newlands MP
Alex Norris MP
Jess Phillips MP
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP
Rt Hon Liz Saville Roberts MP
Naz Shah MP
Alison Thewliss MP
Baroness Thornton
Baroness Uddin
Baroness Verma

Want to get involved?

The APPG meetings are open to the public to attend. Where possible, we will try to livestream meetings to ensure those who cannot make it in person are still able to join. 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.

To sign up to the APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse mailing list, click here.

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 abuse, domestic abuse professionals, academics, politicians and charities.

Previous Inquiries and reports have included: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Domestic Abuse Survivors, Women’s Access to Justice and The Changing Landscape of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services.

View APPG reports

Previous meetings:

13th December 2023APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse meeting on children and young people’s online safety
19th July 2023Domestic Abuse Act 2021 – two years on, are survivors being deemed in ‘as priority need’?
22nd March 2023How the police are tackling violence against women and girls
7th December 2022How the cost of living is costing women’s lives
2nd November 2022Two years on – have the Harm Panel’s recommendations been delivered?
22nd June 2022Coercive Control: the heart of domestic abuse
30th March 2022Enough is Enough: Tackling VAWG in the Long-Term
24th January 2022The Road to Recovery: Report Launch
8th September 2021Mental Health Inquiry – Second Oral Hearing 
7th July 2021Mental Health Inquiry – First Oral Hearing
24th May 2021More than just a roof over her head: The Domestic Abuse Act, Specialist Refuges and Housing
22nd March 2021Children and Young People
22nd February 2021‘Honour-Based’ Abuse
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
1st November 2017“Will the Bill Stop Her Being Turned Away” Support for Survivors with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
19th July 2017Transforming 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

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