Domestic Abuse Bill
On 8th March 2018, International Women's Day, the Government launched their public consultation on the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
The consultation period has now come to an end and we have submitted our response.
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 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 have 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.
Over the next few weeks and months we'll be undertaking proper qualitative assessment of the detail of what you told us in written word, audio and video. That process will continue as we prepare for the pre-legislative scruitny for the Bill and its Parliamentary passage, likely to last for up to 18 months. We will seek an opportunity to present the results so far from Every Story Matters to relevant teams in Government, and we will keep Every Story Matters open, allowing that conversation to continue. We know people's own stories - your stories - will create change.
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.