Open consultation: Domestic Abuse Bill consultation: British Sign Language version

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Open consultation: Domestic Abuse Bill consultation: British Sign Language version

Since 2010, the government has made dealing with domestic abuse an absolute priority. We have worked closely with partners to introduce measures which deal with the fundamental drivers of domestic abuse, address the needs of survivors and victims, and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.

The consultation sets out the government’s approach to dealing with domestic abuse. It seeks to address it at every stage from prevention through to rehabilitation and reinforces the government’s aim to make domestic abuse everyone’s business. The consultation is wide-ranging and we are seeking views on both legislative proposals for a landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill and a package of practical action.

Our main aim through this work is to prevent domestic abuse by challenging the acceptability of abuse and addressing the underlying attitudes and norms that perpetuate it.

This consultation asks questions under four main themes with the central aim of prevention running through each:

  • promote awareness – to put domestic abuse at the top of everyone’s agenda, and raise public and professionals’ awareness
  • protect and support – to enhance the safety of victims and the support that they receive
  • pursue and deter – to provide an effective response to perpetrators from initial agency response through to conviction and management of offenders, including rehabilitation
  • improve performance – to drive consistency and better performance in the response to domestic abuse across all local areas, agencies and sectors

How to respond

This consultation is held on another website:

If you are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you are invited to submit a response in the format most appropriate to you.

Who can respond?

By consulting we aim to harness the knowledge and expertise of victims and survivors, support organisations and research experts. We are also interested in the views of professionals across policing, criminal justice, health, welfare, education and local authorities who deal with these issues every day.