The Domestic Abuse Commissioner is an independent voice that speaks on behalf of victims and survivors. The Commissioner will use her statutory powers, which are set out in the Domestic Abuse Bill, to raise public awareness and hold both agencies and government to account in tackling domestic abuse.
The Domestic Abuse Bill will give her specific powers which will enable her to fulfill this role, and places legal duties on public sector bodies to cooperate with her and to respond to any recommendations that she makes to them. This will enable the Commissioner to really drive forward change and hold local agencies and national government to account for their role in responding to domestic abuse.
An estimated 2.3 million adults experienced domestic abuse between March 2019 and March 2020. One in five children lives with domestic abuse. These figures are unacceptable, and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner will use her unique powers to fight for change. She will campaign to ensure that domestic abuse services are available for everyone including BAME, LGBTQ+, and disabled survivors across England and Wales.
Meet the Domestic Abuse Commissioner team:
About the commissioner
Nicole Jacobs was appointed in 2019 as the first designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales. Nicole has dedicated her career to supporting victims and survivors and has more than 20 years’ experience as a frontline worker and in domestic abuse policy and intervention.
“I am delighted to be the Domestic Abuse Commissioner. I will use my unique statutory powers to champion victims and survivors of all ages, status, and backgrounds, and will shine a light on good practise and practices that fall short to end the postcode lottery of domestic abuse services in England and Wales.”
We are still in the process of considering our longer-term strategy and will publish a Strategic Plan later in 2021.
The Domestic Abuse Commissioner will be required by the Domestic Abuse Bill to develop and publish a Strategic Plan which will set out her strategy for the next one to three years.
It is vital that the voices of victims and survivors are right at the heart of our strategy, and we will need to work closely with specialist domestic abuse charities and experts, as well as statutory bodies and public services more broadly, to inform this.