Action for Children responds to introduction of the government's domestic abuse bill to parliament

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, Imran Hussain, said:

“We want the Government to ensure children are no longer the forgotten victims of domestic abuse. Some welcome efforts have been made by ministers to recognise the needs of families, but until now these have fallen short of what’s desperately needed.

“Day in, day out, our services see the heart-breaking impact of domestic abuse on children and the long-lasting emotional scars. Living in a family where abuse takes place is hugely traumatic for children, who must be recognised as victims not just witnesses. Research shows children who experience domestic abuse are more likely to become involved in an abusive relationship themselves, or to suffer mental and physical health problems. 

“The devil will be in the detail when the Bill is published, but we want to see the fundamental changes necessary to provide proper support for children and help them recover from deep and lasting trauma. That means putting an end the current services postcode lottery by guaranteeing specialist support services for children across the country. We are committed to working with the next Prime Minister to seize this opportunity to protect the vulnerable children who are victims of domestic abuse.”


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Notes to editors

Action for Children’s Policy and Campaigns Director Imran Hussain and Head of Policy Eleanor Briggs are available for interview.