Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, said: “We welcome the government’s focus on tackling domestic violence announced in the Queen’s Speech.
“Proposals including the establishment of a new commissioner and the ending of the cross examination of victims in court, will help many survivors as they try to rebuild their lives.
“Some 1.2 million women in England have experienced extensive violence and abuse – both as a child and as an adult.
“Many of them struggle to cope with the aftermath and end up in poverty, with serious mental health problems, addicted to drugs or alcohol, homeless or in prison.
“We have yet to see the details of the Domestic Violence & Abuse Bill, but it is essential that it includes measures to ensure these most marginalised women and girls, many of whom struggle to access the support and protection they need, are among those to benefit.
“We are also concerned by the lack of any proposals on prison reform. Most women in prison should not be there and there needs to be a much greater focus on prevention, community support and rehabilitation.
“Meanwhile, any reform of mental health legislation, which the government said would be considered, must consider the particular experiences and needs of women and put trauma at its heart.”
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