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Government’s strategy on domestic abuse examined

17 July 2018

The Home Affairs Committee hears from experts on what measures should be included in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

Purpose of the session

In this session the Committee intends to explore what measures should be included in the Bill and what other, non-legislative, policies should be pursued for the Government’s strategy to be most effective. Topics also likely to covered:

  • The nature and prevalence of domestic abuse
  • Resources and support available to victims of domestic abuse
  • Proposed role of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner
  • Protection and support for children

The Consultation

In February, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would bring forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. The Home Office has undertaken a consultation on how best to tackle domestic abuse with a view to bringing forward draft legislation in the autumn. The Government has said that its "main aim through this work is to prevent domestic abuse by challenging the acceptability of abuse and addressing the underlying attitudes and norms that perpetuate it."

Witnesses

Tuesday 17 July in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Councillor Simon Blackburn, Chairman, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board, Local Government Association
  • Siân Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Women's Aid
  • Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters

At 10.30am

  • Professor Jane Callaghan, Stirling University
  • Jane Gordon, Sisters for Change
  • Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe, National Police Chiefs' Council 

Further information

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