Imkaan’s Response to the Government’s Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

January 21, 2019

Marai Larasi, Executive Director of Imkaan said,

“We welcome the Government's commitment to addressing domestic violence. However, the draft bill does not go far enough. We believe that the Government has missed opportunity to develop a genuinely transformative approach”

“While it is critical that all survivors of domestic abuse, including men, are recognised and supported, the draft bill fails to acknowledge the disproportionate impact of domestic abuse on women and girls. It also fails to make the connections between domestic abuse and inequality.  We would like to see an approach which is gendered, comprehensive, and intersectional and which covers all forms of VAWG as consistent with international conventions to which the UK is signatory (1), as recommended in our Alternative Bill.

“We know that a woman may be subjected to multiple forms of violence simultaneously and / or throughout her lifetime. Domestic abuse is devastating, but we cannot disconnect it from sexual violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and other forms of violence. An approach which reflects our lived realities as women and girls is essential, if we are to ensure that survivors receive appropriate, effective support and if we are to prevent violence from happening in the first place”

“We welcome the Government’s promise to ensure that the Domestic Abuse Commissioner has a specific focus on ‘survivors from minority or marginalised groups’, However, the Government has ignored the voices of the specialist Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME) sector which has called for an integrated approach which centres the needs of the most marginalised survivors. Our own research shows that the life-saving specialist, dedicated BME women’s organisations are poorly resourced by the State. This situation is unsustainable and unacceptable.”

“While we will continue to work with the Government around violence against women and girls including domestic abuse, we are disappointed with the draft, and we call on the Government to make good on its commitment to truly ending all forms of violence against all women and girls”
 

ENDS
 

For more information contact: Imkaan, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT

Leah Cowan, Policy & Communications Coordinator  | leah@imkaan.org.uk | +44 20 7842 8525


(1) Namely, the 2011 Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence 2011 known as the Istanbul Convention, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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