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Domestic Abuse Bill

Two women a week die at the hands of their partners or ex-partners, and one in five children experience domestic abuse growing up. These victims face a postcode lottery in accessing life-saving support which the Domestic Abuse Bill must urgently address.

We welcome the return of the Domestic Abuse Bill but urge the UK Government to strengthen the legislation to include a full statutory duty on local authorities to provide both accommodation-based and community-based services for adult and child victims, as well as perpetrators of abuse. This is necessary to end the postcode lottery of support and ensure everyone can access the help they need. COVID-19 has thrown into sharp relief how easily victims of domestic abuse can be omitted from vital support because of lack of funding. Getting this wrong will risk lives, which is why we are calling for MPs to #Invest2EndAbuse and support Barnardo’s full statutory duty amendment.

Read our briefing for the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill and a briefing by the Equality and Human Rights Commission who have developed a proposed amendment to the Bill, working with End Violence Against Women Coalition, SafeLives and Barnardo’s and in consultation with the specialist VAWG and children’s sectors.

SafeLives also supports amendments promoted by our sector colleagues including Surviving Economic Abuse who are calling for the Government to recognise post-separation coercive and controlling abuse as a crime and Stay Safe East who work with disabled survivors and are campaigning to abolish the so-called ‘carers’ defence’ in the Serious Crime Act 2015.

We also produced a briefing on the particular issues faced by LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse in partnership with Galop and Stonewall. 

You can find further Domestic Abuse Bill briefings and resources here and find out more about our #Invest2EndAbuse campaign.