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#Domestic abuse

Report urges police forces to stay alert to ‘Covid blaming’ as an excuse or defence by suspects

Responding to the report's findings, the Victims' Commissioner said: "we must not set a precedent whereby defendants are able to use the stresses of lockdown as a justification or defence for killing," as she warned agencies to be "hyper-alert to any form of 'Covid blaming.'"

Lack of bail conditions put domestic abuse victims at risk, finds new HMICFRS report

"To create a system that provides real protection for victims, there needs to be better effective enforcement of breaches of bail," says Victims Commissioner as she calls for breaches of pre-charge bail to be made a criminal offence.

BLOG: The new domestic abuse law is a much-improved piece of legislation that will save lives. But we can – and must – go further.

As the Domestic Abuse Bill finally receives Royal Assent, the Victims' Commissioner congratulates campaigners and the government in her latest blog.

Ministry of Justice to review laws that see domestic abuse victims get ‘disproportionately high’ sentences for acting in self-defence

Dame Vera Baird and Nicole Jacobs welcome moves by the Lord Chancellor to review sentencing for women who use weapons in self-defence against their abusers

Victims’ Commissioner welcomes government commitment to consult on community-based domestic abuse services

Dame Vera Baird "really pleased" by government move to consult on community-based domestic abuse services as part of the Victims Law consultation

Response to domestic homicide shows “a culture of misogyny in the criminal justice system,” say Commissioners

Writing to Ministers on International Women’s Day, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and Victims Commissioner outline their concerns on sentencing and call for every domestic homicide to be subject to an independent review

Victims’ Commissioner welcomes Government’s new clauses to the Domestic Abuse Bill and urges them to go further

The Victims' Commissioner congratulates the Government on listening to domestic abuse campaigners in adding new laws to Domestic Abuse Bill, and urges further steps.

Commissioners issue joint call for community-based support services in Domestic Abuse Bill

In a joint statement, the Commissioners write that without the amendment the Domestic Abuse Bill "risks creating a two-tier system" leaving victims without appropriate support.

Victims’ Commissioner responds to the announcement of £40m to support services for rape and domestic abuse survivors

Dame Vera Baird welcomes renewed investment in ISVAs and IDVAs but stresses the need for long-term, sustainable funding for the sector.

Commissioner welcomes ‘Ask For ANI’ codeword scheme launched in pharmacies

"It is incredibly important that victims and survivors know there are safe spaces and lifelines within their own communities," says Dame Vera Baird, as she welcomes the launch of the codeword scheme.