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Domestic abuse inquiry launched

13 June 2018

In advance of the Government's promised draft Bill on domestic violence and abuse, the Home Affairs Committee is seeking evidence on what measures and reforms are needed to address these damaging and prevalent crimes.


In its recent consultation on the approach to tackling domestic abuse, the Government said that its "main aim through this work is to prevent domestic abuse by challenging the acceptability of abuse and addressing the underlying attitudes and norms that perpetuate it." As well as seeking to help shape the legislation our inquiry will consider what other policies should be pursued for the Government's strategy to be most effective.

Terms of reference

The Committee would particularly welcome written evidence on the following:

  • what further measures need to be taken to help prevent domestic abuse;
  • is the response of public authorities to domestic abuse good enough, and if not, how could it be improved;
  • what else is required to ensure that there is sufficient support, protection and refuge for victims of abuse;
  • how to secure the equal protection of BME and migrant women who are victims of domestic abuse;
  • the impact of domestic abuse on children and child safeguarding and what more the Government could do to ensure that more children are protected from domestic abuse;
  • what are the key difficulties encountered by victims of domestic abuse in the justice system, and in particular in the family courts;
  • what national oversight framework is required to ensure that there are sufficient quality services available at a local level for victims of abuse;
  • the proposed role and powers of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

Submitting written evidence

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 5 July 2018. Written evidence should be submitted online via the dedicated evidence portal.

  • Send a written submission to the Domestic abuse inquiry 

Guidance on submitting evidence is set out below:

If submitting evidence in this way is difficult for you, you can email it to the Committee instead using this address

Your submission needs to be in Word format and please try to avoid using colour type or logos.

Submissions should not exceed 3,000 words – and short submissions are welcome.

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a web link to the published work should be included.
  • Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee. It is the Committee's decision whether or not to accept a submission as formal written evidence.
  • The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

Further information

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