The Government has today brought the Domestic Abuse Bill back to Parliament, here Dame Vera Baird sets out her view on the Bill.

Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC, said:

“Domestic abuse is a heinous crime that affects millions in this country every year, leaving them living in fear. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional or financial, the long-term impact can be devastating.

“I am pleased that the Domestic Abuse Bill has been brought back to Parliament and I welcome the additional protections for victims in the form of the duty on councils to provide refuge accommodation – this will undoubtedly be life-saving. I am also pleased that more survivors will now have the right not to be cross examined by their perpetrator.

“However, this Bill needs to go further still if it is to truly transform our response to domestic abuse, in particular there needs to be better provision for children who are living with domestic abuse and for migrant women who often cannot access those crucial refuge places. I will be working with government and the third sector to help ensure that this Bill provides real and lasting change for all victims living in fear up and down the country.”