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Support for Black victims of domestic abuse to be debated by MPs

24 March 2022

On Monday 28 March, MPs will debate a petition relating to support for Black victims of domestic abuse.

Abena Oppong-Asare MP has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and Rachel McLean MP, Minister for Safeguarding at the Home Office will respond for the Government.

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The petition, which has more than 106,000 signatures, states: “Make specialist training mandatory for all police and other government agencies that support black women and girls affected by domestic abuse. Police and agencies should have culturally appropriate training to better understand the cultural needs of black women affected by domestic abuse.”

In response to the petition, provided on 6 July 2021, the Government said: “Current training on domestic abuse should include recognising the specific needs of victims due to their ethnicity or cultural background; Government does not feel it is necessary to mandate it.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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