News

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

Researchers appointed to produce key report into domestic abuse victims with no access to public funds

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner has today announced the appointment of researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science, commissioned to produce a report on support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) in summer 2022. The research will be conducted over six months from January …

Researchers appointed to produce key report into domestic abuse victims with no access to public funds Read More »

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

Domestic Abuse Commissioner welcomes Government commitment to migrant survivors but calls for funding to support ambition

Last October my office published the Safety Before Status report about migrant survivors of domestic abuse. It found that some of the most vulnerable domestic abuse victims are being forced to stay with their abusers or face homelessness and destitution because they are ineligible to access public funds to flee.   Today the Home Office has …

Domestic Abuse Commissioner welcomes Government commitment to migrant survivors but calls for funding to support ambition Read More »

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

Vulnerable survivors failed as government rejects recommendations that would protect migrant victims of domestic abuse, says Domestic Abuse Commissioner

Domestic Abuse Commissioner critical of government failure to offer safe reporting mechanisms for migrant victims of domestic abuse    Government rejected recommendation to create a ‘firewall’ to enable migrant victims to safely report domestic abuse to police without fear of being reported to immigration authorities   Decision plays into hands of perpetrators who threaten victims with deportation if they report their …

Vulnerable survivors failed as government rejects recommendations that would protect migrant victims of domestic abuse, says Domestic Abuse Commissioner Read More »

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

Domestic Abuse Commissioner pledges to end the ‘postcode lottery’ of domestic abuse services

Commissioner launches ambitious national mapping survey aimed at 2.3m domestic abuse victims across England & Wales Comprehensive survey of all victims is first step in ending the ‘postcode lottery’ of services Commissioner will use her legal powers laid out in the Domestic Abuse Act to tackle inconsistencies Survey for anyone aged over 16 who used …

Domestic Abuse Commissioner pledges to end the ‘postcode lottery’ of domestic abuse services Read More »

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

CPS charging rates fell for the third year, ONS statistics show

In response to the Office of National Statistics latest figures on domestic abuse, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, said: “Domestic abuse recorded by the police remains at near record volumes across England and Wales. Last year the numbers recorded by police were up 79,000 (6 per cent). “During the national lockdowns, we heard of …

CPS charging rates fell for the third year, ONS statistics show Read More »

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

Commissioner responds to latest CPS statistics on domestic abuse

In response to the latest CPS statistics released today, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, said: “I am deeply concerned to see that fewer perpetrators of domestic abuse are being held accountable for their actions, with the number of convictions for these offences falling by almost 15% in the last year. The past year has …

Commissioner responds to latest CPS statistics on domestic abuse Read More »

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

Migrant victims forced to stay with abusers or face destitution because they can’t access public funds

Report recognises “Immigration abuse” for the first time as being used by abusers as a form of coercion and control The risk that police pass information to immigration enforcement means that migrant victims fear reporting abuse, allowing dangerous offenders to escape justice. One survivor said: “I could barely tolerate the abuse, but couldn’t dare going to …

Migrant victims forced to stay with abusers or face destitution because they can’t access public funds Read More »

Domestic Abuse Commissioner logo in content

It’s time for fundamental change

Responding to the findings of the HMICFRS report which calls for violence against women and girls to be treated with the same priority as terrorism, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, said now was the time to take action. In its report commissioned by the Home Secretary, HMICFRS recommended a series of improvements that the …

It’s time for fundamental change Read More »