Update on the Domestic Abuse Bill

We are happy to advise that the Domestic Abuse Bill has now passed its second reading in the House of Commons. The House heard from a number of passionate MPs but now moves on to the committee stage which will allow more debate and closer scrutiny.

As agreed in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October,  the Bill will be carried over into the new session. There had been concern it would all be thrown out and have to begin again when Parliament was prorogued last month.

Tearful MPs applauded and gave a standing ovation to Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield after she told them of the abuse a former partner had subjected her to. The Speaker even appeared shaken by her delivery and commented afterwards on it.

 

 

The committee scrutinising the Bill is due to report by 21 November. We will keep our readers posted as we hear of the next developments.