On 8 March 2017 the Government launched a consultation on domestic abuse. The responses to this consultation will be fundamental in shaping the Government’s response to domestic abuse, in terms of the upcoming Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, and the national response more generally.
This consultation asks for thoughts on key areas (legislative and non-legislative) which, if acted upon properly, can truly transform the response to domestic abuse for victims and work towards preventing offending. The Government’s proposed Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to improve the protection of victims whose perpetrators are not in prison. The Bill will look to make the necessary changes to finally ratify the Istanbul Convention, which will give victims stronger protections on an international footing. A Domestic Abuse Commissioner will be introduced, who, if given enough power, can lead the fight against domestic abuse, monitoring and ensuring accountability of the national response.
The consultation can be found by accessing the following link OPCC DA Consultation
If you would like to respond to the consultation please email your responses to Maxime.Rowson@northumbria-pcc.gov.uk by no later than Monday 21st May 2018