Support a domestic abuse bill with survivors at its heart.

On 17 July 2019 the government introduced the domestic abuse bill into Parliament, and responded to the joint committee that had previously scrutinised the draft bill.

For Women’s Aid, the bill has the potential to create a step change in the national response, to create a more effective approach to tackling domestic abuse. Women’s Aid are delighted that the government has listened to our Child First campaign and acted by introducing a ban on abusers cross-examining victims in the family courts.

We will continue campaigning to ensure that the bill improves the response to domestic abuse at the earliest opportunity, across housing, health and social care, children’s services, the family courts and many more.

We’ve been highlighting the vital importance of ensuring survivors are able to escape to safety, and access the support they need to recover from abuse.  An estimated 21,084 referrals to all refuges in England were declined in 2017/18, averaging over 400 referrals declined each week. Women’s Aid is calling for sustainable funding for life-saving specialist support services to be at the centre of the bill if we are to make a real difference to survivors’ lives.

Women’s Aid has spoken to survivors and services that support them, and we have brought their voices together to create a bill that works for survivors.

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