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Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill: first oral evidence session

The Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill held its first oral evidence session on Tuesday 2nd April. The committee took oral evidence from women’s rights and equality organisations covering:

  • the scope of the draft Bill, with calls from witnesses to expand it beyond criminal justice to included the wider public sector
  • the role of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner
  • the need for a greater focus on early intervention and prevention of domestic abuse.
Witnesses also raised the need for local authorities and commissioners of local services to ensure users have access to specialist services which reflect their needs, and which are supported by a sufficient and sustainable funding system.
The second oral evidence session will be held on Tuesday, 9 April, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster.