Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and Multiple Disadvantage
Agenda and AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) have launched a new national commission focusing on domestic and sexual abuse against the most marginalised women and girls.
Launched in October 2017, the commission is considering the situation of women and girls who have experienced violence and go on to face a range of other issues including addiction and poor mental health. It will take evidence from women with experience of these issues, and will consider what services are available to women and the changes to policy and practice needed to support them.
At the end of the year-long commission, a report will be published with the findings and a series of recommendations including for the government and local authorities.
Chaired by Baroness Hilary Armstrong, it brings together leading experts from a range of sectors including:
- Dame Gill Morgan, former Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Assembly Government
- Vivienne Adams, Chief Executive of Adfam
- Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Director of the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research at Heriot Watt University
- Marai Larasi, Executive Director of Imkaan
- Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the South East of England
- Dominic Williamson, Executive Director of Strategy and Policy at St Mungo’s.
The commission has been kindly funded by a grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.