Response to the launch of the consultation on the Domestic Abuse Bill, announced on International Women’s Day by the Home Office.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, says:
“We welcome that the government is making domestic abuse a priority, it is vital that we seize the opportunity of the Domestic Abuse Bill to make lasting change for the most disadvantaged women.
“Some 1.2 million women in England have experienced extensive violence and abuse as both a child and an adult.
“Too many go on to face multiple problems like very low self-esteem, poor mental and physical health, turning to drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms.
“We are encouraged that the government has announced £2 million funding for vulnerable women with complex needs at risk of offending or re-offending, the majority of whom have experienced domestic abuse.
“Women with the most complex needs not only need more and better specialist support, but for all public services, from the health system to social services, to respond to their needs. We want to see this tackled as a priority.
“This Bill is an opportunity to help women and girls escape abuse and rebuild their lives – and it must not be wasted.”