Queen’s speech: Victims’ bill
Responding to the inclusion of the victims’ bill in the Queen’s speech, Farah Nazeer, chief executive of Women’s Aid said:
“We welcome the inclusion in the Queen’s speech of the victims’ bill, which is designed to improve the experience and rights of victims in the criminal justice system. We know that the rights of survivors of domestic abuse have been neglected within the justice system and survivors have not been fully informed of the support available to them.
“Women’s Aid was pleased to support the consultation led by the Ministry of Justice on the victims’ bill, ensuring the legislation is survivor-focused and helps as many women and children as possible to be safe.
“As important as the victims’ bill is, however, we know that a criminal justice focus alone will not transform the treatment of survivors. We need reform across all parts of the public sector and wider society to deliver a cultural change in responses to domestic abuse. A cross-government approach is vital in addressing the issues facing survivors and the specialist services that support them.
“The victims’ bill is an important step in the right direction and we look forward to it having a direct impact on the lives of survivors of domestic abuse.”