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. (Please link to view)
Below is an open letter from an old friend of Reducing the Risk (and a DA Champion of many years) who now works for one of our patrons- Frank Mullane.
AAFDA’s next two day course for ‘would be’ Chairs of DHRs, commissioners and DHR Chairs who want to refresh their knowledge, takes place 16 and 17 December 2019. This course really gets at the heart of DHRs and allows space for discussion of those grey areas.
It will take place in Swindon, Wiltshire. It is led by Frank Mullane who has quality assured over 650 DHRs for the Home Office and who has significantly influenced the DHR statutory guidance and methodology. On day two we will be joined by a family going through a ground-breaking case and DHR. We will also be joined on day two by Dr. Jane Monckton Smith who will lead a session on domestic abuse and domestic homicide.
The course costs £625 including a hot lunch both days and refreshments throughout the days. A Summary is available.
As many will know we recently supported Human Story Theatre as they performed "Happily Even After" across the county.
It introduced us to many different individuals and organisations, which included Andrea from Thrive North Oxon. She wanted us to highight what they do and also let us have a referral form in case any of our North Oxon DA champions felt they could help a child in North Oxon:
'THRIVE' is a voluntary organisation based in Chipping Norton in North Oxfordshire, aiming to support local children living in desperate circumstances. It was formed in 2016 by a small group of local women after meeting the founders of an organisation called, ‘Community Awareness’, based in Gloucestershire. This organisation works to raise awareness of and offer support to local children living below the poverty line. After speaking with this group and hearing the shocking cases that they have been able to assist within Gloucestershire, ‘Thrive’ was formed so that a similar group could help support desperate children in the North Oxfordshire area.
Our very own Michelle was interviewed again this week on the local radio station. They wanted to promote the play we are supporting which is touring the county to spread awareness of domestic abuse. The interview is available here and is at the 9th minute into the programme with Kat Orman.
If you fancy catching the play- here is a trailer:
Recent twists and turns within the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court have meant the DA Bill has stopped processing through legislative steps.
The Domestic Abuse Bill, introduced with cross-party support by Theresa May's government in July, promised a number of things for those of us working in domestic abuse. Boris Johnson, amidst all the confusion and debate around the poroguing of parliament has agreed the bill will be reintroduced in the next parliament - and will be raised in the Queen's Speech.
Here is a message from Louise at Dog's Trust- Louise is just waiting to join our networks.
At the Dogs Trust Freedom Project, we are currently celebrating our 15 year anniversary.
We set up the service in 2004 to help people fleeing domestic abuse by providing somewhere safe for their pet to stay until they can be safely reunited. We are very pleased to announce that we have now extended our Greater London and Home Counties service to cover Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Bedfordshire. As part of this we have also put together a new video to promote our service and raise awareness. I would be very grateful if you could share this video on your social media pages.
"That's Oxfordshire" TV have recently been publicising Happily Even After which is a drama being delivered across the county. They wanted to also interview us about the increasing number of deaths from recently released statistics.
Here is our own Michelle, discussing the rise and how we feel the networks we run of DA Champions, need to expand into the workplace: