Domestic Abuse Bill
The government has committed to introduce a new law on domestic abuse to transform the response to this devastating crime.
For Women’s Aid, the new domestic abuse bill is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that every survivor gets the help she needs, when and where she needs it. We are campaigning to ensure that the bill makes domestic abuse “everyone’s business”, to improve the response to domestic abuse across housing, health and social care, children’s services, the family courts and many more.
But the new legislation will be undermined if survivors cannot escape to safety, or access the support they need to recover from abuse. On just one day in 2017, 94 women with 90 children were turned away from refuge in England. Women’s Aid is calling for a sustainable funding future for domestic abuse services – including our life-saving national network of refuges to underpin the bill.
The voices and priorities of survivors of domestic abuse and specialist services must be central to the new law. Women’s Aid will be working hard to ensure they are heard during the government’s major new consultation on the bill.
For more information:
• Read our submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on Domestic Abuse.
• Watch Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, giving evidence to the committee
• See our response to the government’s consultation.
• Read our press release.
• Download Women’s Aid’s briefing on priorities for the new domestic abuse bill.