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Today’s CPS figures show a very worrying trend for domestic abuse victims

Domestic abuse incidents continue to remain high in England and Wales and it is extremely concerning to see the figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service today appear to show we are going in entirely the wrong direction for victims when it comes to the criminal justice system. The figures show that the volume of …

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Serious failings identified in report on police perpetrated domestic abuse, the Commissioner responds

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner responds to joint College of Policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) report on police perpetrated domestic abuse (PPDA).  Nicole Jacobs says the report has highlighted serious and deeply concerning findings and forces must take swift and extensive action …

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Early findings from our mapping show a huge discrepancy of services across England and Wales, and an acute lack of funding that prevents services being able to meet demand

Fewer than half of survivors were able to access the community-based support that they wanted, and only 28% said accessing help was easy or straightforward. Just 29% of survivors who wanted support for their children were able to access it. Only 7% of survivors who wanted their perpetrator to receive support to change their behaviour …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner welcomes new Non-Fatal Strangulation offence but calls on Government to ensure effective implementation

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner welcomes the introduction of the Non-Fatal Strangulation offence which comes into force today (June 7th) but says a co-ordinated implementation strategy is needed by Government, so the new offence has the impact that is so desperately needed.  Nicole Jacobs said today: “This offence must not be allowed to sit on the …

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The Domestic Abuse Commissioner welcomes draft Victims Bill but says there must be more funding for community based services and ‘by and for’ services

Many people have worked tirelessly to see a Victims Bill and I welcome the draft legislation published today. This Bill aims to centre the voices of all victims including those who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse and offer these survivors more support. The draft legislation marks a step in the right direction to …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner welcomes the Home Secretary’s ambitious Domestic Abuse Plan

The horrific impact on survivors and widespread prevalence of domestic abuse has come into sharp focus over the last two years and we have seen strong calls from the public for a more robust response to against violence against women and girls in the home and on the streets. Today the Government has announced its …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner extends Easy Read version of survivors survey

Domestic Abuse Commissioner updates and extends Easy Read version of her survey which aims to end ‘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 or thought about using domestic abuse services in the last three …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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