The government reintroduced the domestic abuse bill in parliament on 3rd March 2020. For Women’s Aid, a domestic abuse bill has the potential to create a step change in the national response, to create a more effective approach to tackling domestic abuse. 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.
It is vitally important to ensure survivors are able to escape to safety, and access the support they need to cope and recover from abuse. Covid-19 has laid bare the lack of protection and support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse and demonstrated the urgent need for change. Survivors are telling us that abuse is escalating during the pandemic, yet 85% of domestic abuse services responding to our survey have had to reduce or cancel one or more of their services. The bill must be underpinned by sustainable funding for life-saving specialist support services if it is 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.
For more information:
- Our press release regarding the return of the bill to parliament.
- Read our briefing and joint recommendations for committee stage of the domestic abuse bill held on 25th January 2021.
- In June 2020 a committee scrutinised the domestic abuse bill, taking evidence from survivors and from experts in the sector. You can watch Lucy Hadley, Head of Campaigns and Policy, and Saliha, survivor and Law in the Making participant, gave to the committee here and read Women’s Aid’s submission to their enquiry for additional evidence.
- See our response to the government’s consultation on the bill.