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Commons Committee urges Government to go further on domestic violence reforms

House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report published

  • The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a report looking into the Government's current proposals to reform domestic violence law.

    While broadly welcoming the initiative, the report suggests that the Government's reforms do not go far enough and finds that: 

    • There is a desperate lack of refuge spaces for victims of domestic abuse – refuge provision should be a statutory obligation, backed by national ring fenced funding.
    • Some of the Government's welfare reform policies are making it harder for victims to leave or to avoid economic abuse and control. Single household payments under Universal Credit are a "retrograde and backward step". Split payments for couples should be the standard instead.
    • A national register of serial stalkers and serial domestic violence perpetrators should be introduced.
    • The Government should consult on introducing paid domestic violence leave for victims of abuse.

    The Committee also recommends that any Bill should be renamed as the Violence Against Women and Domestic Abuse Bill as this would reflect 

    "the gender inequality underlying domestic abuse and its links to wider aspects of violence against women and girls. This joined-up strategy should guide education programmes, funding, service provision and criminal justice."

    The full report can be found on the Parliament website.


News, published: 22/10/2018

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Published: 22/10/2018

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