Press release to Domestic Abuse Bill launched by Government


The Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC, has today welcomed the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill.

Dame Vera says:

“I welcome this Bill. It is good to see it has started on its way through Parliament, even though it is incomplete, as the Government accepts. It will have to be amended to be more effective.

“The Prime Minister has sustained her determination to provide better provision to tackle domestic abuse and she is to be congratulated.

“The Bill will help tackle this appalling crime and I believe victims will benefit from it. However, there is a critical need for a package of work around it to change the culture, improve public awareness and to ensure that, for the first time, perpetrators of domestic abuse are dealt with in a way that will change their behaviour or prevent them from continuing it.

“Overwhelmingly, there is a need for sufficient funding to ensure victims, which include children, are supported properly with practical matters so that they can cope and recover from a crime which can cause long term trauma.

“Funding for victims must be a priority in the next funding settlement.”

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Dame Vera is a former practising barrister at the Criminal Bar. She was Labour MP for Redcar from 2001 until 2010. During that time, she was a Government Minister and Solicitor General. From 2012 to 2019 she was Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and the national victim lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

The role of Victims’ Commissioner is to champion the interests of victims and witnesses; encourage good practice in the treatment of victims and witnesses; and keep under review the operation of the Victims’ Code.

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