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Home Affairs Select Committee announces domestic abuse inquiry

In advance of the Government's promised draft Bill on domestic violence and abuse, and in parallel with the Government's announced consultation, the Home Affairs Committee is seeking evidence on what measures and reforms are needed to address 'one of the most damaging and prevalent crimes'.

As well as addressing legislation, the inquiry will consider what other policies should be pursued for the Government's strategy to be most effective.

Announcing the new inquiry, the Chair of the Committee, Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, said:

"Domestic violence and abuse destroys lives, wrecks families, damages children's futures and undermines women's equality. The most recent statistics show that 242 women were killed by a partner or an ex-partner over three years – almost seven each month. Domestic violence and abuse are among the most prevalent crimes we face with nearly two million victims a year – and it is also one of the most damaging. The scale of the problem and the damage it causes for generations makes a national crisis.

"[W]e are asking for people to help us determine what more needs to be done by Government, the police, local communities, public and private sector organisations and the criminal justice system."

For inquiry web page, click here.