Domestic Abuse Bill - Proposed changes in the law for domestic abuse survivors driven to offend

I have been astounded by the number of female offenders who are victims of domestic abuse and how that is a significant trigger to their offending.

Police inspector  

We are working with the Victims’ Commissioner and others to call for improved legal protection for survivors of domestic abuse to be added to the Domestic Abuse Bill for those whose offending is driven by their experience of domestic abuse. This would address a gap in legal protection for survivors, strengthen recognition of the links between victimisation and offending and deter inappropriate prosecutions. In its report published in June, the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill recommended that this proposal be considered by the government. 


Download our short briefing here.


Download our detailed submission to the Public Bill Committee here.


Our proposals are supported by:


Paramjit Ahluwalia, Lamb Building

Dame Vera Baird QC, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales

Nicole Jacobs, designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

Dr Jo Roberts, University of Bristol

Clare Wade QC, Garden Court Chambers

Harriet Wistrich, Centre for Women’s Justice

Justice for Women

Agenda: the alliance for women and girls at risk


Welsh Women’s Aid

Women's Aid Federation for England

Working Chance


Surviving Economic Abuse

AVA (Against Violence and Abuse)

Legal Aid Practitioners' Group


Download our report ‘There’s a reason we’re in trouble: Domestic abuse as a driver to women’s offending’


Download the Criminal Bar Association’s accompanying briefing on the need for a statutory defence.



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