Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

The Home Office has published its response to the domestic abuse consultation carried out in March 2018 along with a draft Domestic Abuse Bill for England and Wales. The statutory definition of domestic abuse in the draft Bill includes economic abuse and controlling and coercive behaviour. The NSPCC has responded to the Domestic Abuse Bill in Children and Young People Now, calling it a missed opportunity to recognise children as victims in law. Key points from the consultation response include: recognition of the impact of being exposed to domestic abuse on children; provision for including teaching about domestic abuse in relationships education in schools; and support for children exposed to domestic abuse. The Home Office has published a research report looking at economic and social costs of domestic abuse which includes a literature review on the impacts of witnessing domestic abuse on children in England and Wales. 

Source: Home Office Date: 21 January 2019

Further information: Transforming the response to domestic abuse: consultation response and draft Bill (PDF) 

The economic and social costs of domestic abuse (PDF)

Children and young people now

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