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 examining 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 Evans, 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.
Commission work so far
- In May, the Commission considered the 70+ submissions to the national call for evidence.
- They then took evidence from the peer researchers, who were recruited specifically to work with the Commission as experts by experience.
- In June and July they held evidence sessions on intersectionality, rural and isolated communities, and partnerships, with organisations across England and Wales.
We would like to thank all those who gave their time, energy and expertise in support of the Commission’s work. All the evidence heard will now be collated and used to inform recommendations. This will be presented in a report, due to be published in Autumn this year.
Community of Practice
The Commission’s community of practice on women’s multiple disadvantage have been meeting regularly to share best practice about supporting women affected by abuse and multiple disadvantage and feed into the Commission’s final report. The community is made up of thirty-five professionals with a wealth of experience and expertise on a range of issues including violence against women and girls, substance use, mental health, involvement in prostitution.
For more information on the work of the Commission, please contact email@example.com