The Government has launched a consultation on its proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. The consultation closes on 31 May.
We have prepared a response and are making this available here to enable others to read our suggested answers and make their own submission.
The Government’s consultation is a long document, and it can feel in places that great expertise is needed to fill it in. In fact you can leave questions blank and skip to areas where you wish to be heard. We hope that our response might help as a starting point for questions where you are not sure.
Our response is a ‘living document’, we have not yet submitted it, and we still plan to make some changes to it. We would love to hear from you if you think we should change any of it, and/or add and amplify points you are making – get in touch.
Our response also includes a short Executive Summary which we will enclose with our submission and where we make some key points about overall disappointment at the ‘narrow offer’ being made, and the lack of commitment to guaranteed protection and advocacy for women despite the drive to increase reports to police. We also urge a broader role for the new Commissioner in this area.
We do think it is important that the Government gets a strong response on the questions related to these areas: the domestic violence definition; relationships education; women offenders; the ‘no recourse’ question concerning women with insecure immigration status (number 15); work with perpetrators; the Istanbul Convention (question 50); and the proposed new commissioner (question 59 & 60).
The Government’s consultation runs until 31 May, please make a submission and please share this page and our draft submission widely.
Saturday 30th June, 1pm – 4pm
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just so everyone knows, trumps gag rule (look it up)—idc whether you’re pro-“life” or pro-choice—is a direct attack on women’s rights. denying people information and withholding all the options regarding their health and reproduction decisions is wrong whether you support abortion or not. thanks to y’all and your stupid ass president (the same president that used to donate to Planned Parenthood until he realized he could get more money from manipulating the pro-“life” movement, as he is now), you’re going to have tons more women self inflicting harm and attempting coat hanger abortions that potentially can kill both fetus and living person simply because their DOCTORS—people who’s jobs are to educate and help—might have to keep information from them and not let their patients know every option they could take. (just to clarify because I know some of you still don’t understand, this would be like not having to tell a person they had cancer. or not having to give an eviction notice before kicking someone out.) pro-“LIFE” movement, I applaud your idiocy
not to mention you pro-“lifers” literally don’t give a shit about half of the worlds population since it isn’t you—what about immigrants? the lgbtq+ community? people of color? Muslims? women too now, apparently.
this is what a war on women looks like. this is what anti-progression looks like. hold on y’all, looks like we’re going back to the 1900s
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