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.

SafeLives' submits evidence to the Pre-Legislative Committee on the draft Domestic Abuse Bill

On 26th April, SafeLives submitted evidence to the Pre-Legislative Committee on the reforms proposed in the draft Bill.

Our evidence calls for the prohibition of cross examination by perpetrators to be strengthened and challenges the government to do more on prevention, including a bold new strategy for men and boys at risk of harming themselves or other people. 

Our response honours the voices of hundreds of survivors who responded to our online platform, Every Story Matters, telling us what they wanted the Bill to achieve. We'll be looking at further ways to involve the authentic voice of victims and survivors as the Bill moves through Parliament.

We have also submitted joint recommendations to the Pre-Legislative Committee, working alongside Women's Aid, Imkaan, Surviving Economic Abuse, Latin American Women's Rights Service, Step Up Migrant Women, AVA, Southall Black Sisters, End Violence Against Women, Welsh Women's Aid, Agenda, Galop, Rights of Women, Solace and Refuge.

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.

Read the intro to our DA Bill consultation response

Read the full SafeLives DA Bill consultation response