Domestic Abuse Bill
On 21st January 2019, the government published its draft Domestic Abuse Bill.
We welcome the proposals, but urge the government to go further in order to drive real and systemic change, to end domestic abuse for good.
We will continue to work with the government, survivors and partners across the sector to make sure the final Bill delivers for all the survivors and children who need it.
How we got here
We'd like to thank everyone who has played such an integral role in providing the evidence we've been able to draw on in our response, including colleagues from Aafda, Agenda Alliance, Aurora New Dawn, AVA, Being Mankind, Blackburn & Darwen Without Abuse, Buttle Trust, Citizen's Advice, DAHA, the Employer's Initiative on Domestic Abuse, the End Violence Against Women coalition, Galop, Hampton Trust, Leap Confronting Conflict, Lime Culture, the Nottingham Women's Centre, Respect, Social Finance, Standing Together, Stonewall Housing, Surviving Economic Abuse, Victim Support, VOICES and Women's Aid.
We would also like to extend a big thank you to the nearly 50 professionals who took the time to respond to our specific practitioner survey on the Bill.
Every Story Matters
Survivors tell the truest, most immediate and most compelling story of domestic abuse. In preparing for our engagement with the Bill, we created an online platform called Every Story Matters, so that as many people as possible could raise their voices and say in their own words what needs to change. Hundreds of people responded to that call in just a few weeks, proving once and for all that survivors want to be heard. Our consultation response honours those voices but only begins a conversation.
A heartfelt thank you from everyone at SafeLives to everyone who engaged with us as we pulled together this consultation response. In particular, thank you to anyone who said that they still feel afraid, but took part despite that fear. Every Story Matters included links to support services - we hope that everyone who needs a service will be able to reach for that, and get it.
Together we're going to end domestic abuse.