Government news and campaigns

Government news and campaigns

Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent

Yesterday, the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent and was signed into law. The Domestic Abuse Act will provide a wide ranging legal definition of domestic abuse, further protections to the millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthen measures to tackle perpetrators. There is more information available on the Domestic Abuse Act factsheet.

The podcast Cheer up Luv also released an episode on domestic abuse, featuring charities Refuge, Surviving Economic Abuse and SafeLives. Joy Adenuga has also shared an Instagram live discussion with Refuge on domestic abuse.

Women’s Health Strategy call for evidence: closes 30 May

The Government has launched a call for evidence to better understand women’s experiences of the health and care system. This will form the basis of a landmark government-led Women’s Health Strategy, to improve the health and wellbeing of women across England and place women’s voices at the centre of their care.

New Plan for Immigration consultation: closes 6 May

The Government has set out the New Plan for Immigration, which aims to build a fair but firm asylum and illegal migration system. We are looking for a wide range of views on the plan and have launched an online consultation.

Protect Duty consultation: closes 2 July 2021

The Protect Duty delivers on a commitment to improve the safety and security of public venues and spaces including sports venues, festivals, pubs, places of worship, schools and universities. We are seeking views from the public on how the government can use legislation to make the public safer at publicly accessible locations. You can respond to the consultation online, in writing or by emailing [email protected].

Office for National Statistics consultation: deadline today

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is consulting on the feasibility of a new survey measuring the prevalence of child abuse in the UK. The consultation deadline is today (30 April).

Ask for ANI codeword scheme

The Government launched the Ask for ANI codeword scheme with independent and Boots pharmacies in January.

We have produced downloadable assets including posters and social media images for you to use. We continue to welcome any feedback about how the scheme has been implemented locally. For more information or materials, please email [email protected].

#YouAreNotAlone and Community Safeguarding campaign materials  

The Home Office is still running a number of campaigns in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

•    #YouAreNotAlone aims to raise awareness and signpost to information and support available for victims, family/friends and perpetrators of domestic abuse. On GOV.UK there is full guidance and easy read guidance on getting help for Domestic Abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. Campaign materials, including a partner pack, employer pack and translated assets, are available to download.
•    The Community Safeguarding Leaflet contains information and guidance for those who are still operating in communities to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern.

Stakeholder News and Campaigns

IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation True Honour Awards

IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation are hosting the True Honour Awards on 5 May, 17:00-18:00, to commemorate those whose lives have been stolen by ‘honour’ based abuse, and to celebrate individuals and organisations who take a stand and inspire others to act. The ceremony is in honour of Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC, a Partner at Dawson Cornwell and Simin Azimi, and a longstanding member of IKWRO’s Board of Trustees.