Domestic Abuse Commissioner Lords Committee briefing

The Domestic Abuse Bill enshrines in law the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales. The Commissioner will be tasked with encouraging good practice in  preventing domestic abuse; identifying victims and survivors, and perpetrators of domestic  abuse, as well as children who are affected; and improving the protection and provision of  support to people affected by domestic abuse. Part 2 of the Bill provides the Commissioner  with powers to publish reports and lay them before Parliament; these reports will hold local  commissioners, statutory agencies and national government to account and make  recommendations on how they can improve their response. Specified public bodies will be  under a duty to cooperate with the Commissioner, and they and government Ministers will  be required to respond to each recommendation made to them within 56 days. Nicole  Jacobs was appointed as the designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner in September  2019.