The bill is the most comprehensive package ever presented to Parliament to deal with domestic abuse, both supporting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.
Following extensive work with stakeholders and charities, the government carried out a public consultation on measures to be included in the bill that saw more than 3,200 responses.
A draft of the bill was published in January and has undergone extensive scrutiny by a Joint Committee of cross party MPs and Peers as part of the government’s collaborative approach to ensure this historic legislation is correct.
The committee published a report on the draft bill in June and made a set of recommendations which the government has considered carefully.
Measures in the bill include:
- introducing the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse, which will include economic abuse
- establishing a Domestic Abuse Commissioner to champion victims and survivors
- introducing new Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to further protect victims and place restrictions on the actions of offenders
- prohibiting the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts
providing automatic eligibility for special measures to support more victims to give evidence in the criminal courts
- providing automatic eligibility for special measures to support more victims to give evidence in the criminal courts