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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has released a new briefing for Committee Stage of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Lords.
This second briefing focusses on amendments to improve protections for survivors in the courts (recommendation 3 below) and can be read here: EHRC briefing (courts protections) – Domestic Abuse Bill – Lords Committee Stage.
Our first briefing, sent last Thursday, focusses on recommendations 1, 2, 4 and 5 below.
A full list of our key recommendations on the Bill is set out below.
We welcome the opportunity the Bill presents to ensure better support and protection for survivors of domestic abuse in England and Wales. A number of important improvements to the Bill have been made by the Government since the Bill began its passage.
However, we consider changes are still required for this to be the transformative legislation the Government aims it to be and to achieve compliance with the Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) and with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).