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Government response to Select Committee’s domestic abuse report published

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published the Government response to the Committee's report on domestic abuse.

The Government has said that whilst both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse, disproportionately the number of victims are women, especially in the most severe cases. The Government believes that a focused comprehensive programme of departmental activity focusing solely on domestic abuse will help to achieve the priorities. However, it recognises that domestic abuse is closely and inextricably linked with other forms of violence against women and girls and that is why it has framed its approach in the context of the refreshed Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, recently published.

In both the Committee's report and its reports on sexual harassment in public places and in the workplace, the Home Affairs and Women and Equalities Committees identified the need to address the lack of data and research on these issues. Therefore, the Government says there will be a focus on developing the evidence base to inform its plans.

The Government notes that it has recently announced that economic abuse will be recognised in the new government definition of domestic abuse; launched the recruitment of a Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner who will hold both local and national government to account; and set out detailed legislative proposals for new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders.
The Government sets out its response to the Committee's individual recommendations.

For the response, click here. For the Committee's report, click here.