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Domestic Abuse Bill: Commons second reading

2 October 2019

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MPs debated the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Commons on 2 October 2019.

Second Reading

The Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, opened the debate on behalf of the Government. Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Carolyn Harris, responded on behalf of the Opposition. The Bill passed second reading without a division and now progresses to Committee stage.

A carry-over motion was also passed meaning that, if necessary, the Bill can continue its passage through Parliament in the next Parliamentary session.

The Domestic Abuse Bill 2017–19

The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

  • Domestic abuse remains one of the most prevalent crimes in England and Wales. An estimated two million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2018, two-thirds of whom were women.
  • The purpose of the Bill is raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact on victims.
  • It aims to improve the effectiveness of the justice system in providing protection for victims of domestic abuse and bringing perpetrators to justice.
  • It seeks to strengthen the support for victims of abuse provided by other statutory agencies.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Domestic Abuse Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for second reading.

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