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 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 wants sustainable funding for life-saving specialist support services to be at the centre of any legislation 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 the second reading of the domestic abuse bill held on 2nd October 2019.
- See our response to the government’s consultation on the bill.
- Download Women’s Aid’s briefing on priorities for the new domestic abuse bill
- Earlier in 2019, a Joint Committee of both the Commons and the Lords scrutinising the draft domestic abuse bill. You can read the evidence Lucy Hadley, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager, gave to the Joint Committee and read Women’s Aid’s submission to their enquiry for additional evidence. The Committee’s recommendations report is available here.