Nobody understands the impact of domestic abuse better than survivors. As experts by their experience, their voices should be central in defining legislation and setting policies.
On 23rd October 2019 a group of survivors from the Law In The Making project delivered their priorities for a domestic abuse bill to MPs at an event in parliament. The experts by experience briefing was developed over nine months as part of a groundbreaking project, led by Women’s Aid, to ensure that survivors’ voices are at the heart of policy decision-making. At the event, members of the group spoke alongside parliamentarians, and were joined by the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.Download the Law in the Making Briefing
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”.
This group of experts by experience continue to advocate for the recommendations put forward in their briefing, and will be working closely with Women’s Aid in their lobbying work when the domestic abuse bill returns later this year.
What is Law in the Making?
Law in the Making is about ensuring the voice of the survivors shape legislation to ensure it makes a real difference to the lives of survivors and their children. We worked with 20 survivors in a series of educational workshops on legislation and campaigning, and engagement sessions with MPs and Members of the House of Lords. We also ran an online platform available to a wider group of survivors via our Survivor’s Forum.
We remain committed to working closely with this group of experts by experience in our on-going work around the domestic abuse bill, and to embedding this approach to survivor engagement in all areas of our policy and campaign work.
This project is funded by the Legal Education Foundation, until May 2020, and Women’s Aid is seeking further funding.