Survivors brief government on action needed in the Domestic Abuse Bill
Today, Wednesday 23rd October 2019, national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid is launching an experts by experience briefing for the domestic abuse bill in parliament. This briefing has been developed by a group of survivors involved in Women’s Aid’s Law in the Making project, and sets out the group’s key priorities and recommendations to ensure the domestic abuse bill meets the needs of survivors and their children. Read the briefing here.
Women’s Aid acting co-Chief Executive Adina Claire said:
“Nobody understands the impact of domestic abuse better than survivors. As experts of their own experience, their voices should be central in defining legislation and setting policies. This event and briefing provides a unique opportunity for parliamentarians to be led by the voice of survivors, and comes at a critical time which coincides with the Committee stage of the bill, which begins on the 29th October.
After nine months of hard-work we would like thank the survivors involved for their invaluable contributions to our Law in the Making project, and the powerful messages they have delivered in Parliament to help shape the Domestic Abuse Bill. Their tireless campaigning will make a difference to the lives of survivors and their children, and we call upon MPs to listen and act. ”
A survivor of domestic abuse who is part of the Law in the Making project, said:
“We do not want to see more women and children go through what we did, and our experiences have given us expertise in knowing what needs to change and our voices need to be heard”.
At the event, members of the group will speak alongside Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability, and the Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Carolyn Harris MP. They will be joined by the newly appointed Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.
Nobody understands the impact of domestic abuse better than survivors. As experts by experience, survivors’ voices should be central in defining legislation and setting policies. Law in the Making is a ground-breaking project that gives survivors the tools and opportunities to influence the domestic abuse bill as it makes its way through parliament and into law. This project is about ensuring the voice of the survivors shape this landmark bill to ensure it makes a real difference to the lives of survivors and their children.
Women’s Aid would like thank the Legal Education Foundation for their generous support which has made this work possible.
Find out more about the project here.
If you are worried that your partner, or that of a friend or family member, is controlling and abusive, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information or to arrange interviews with Women’s Aid spokeswomen or survivors, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]