Domestic abuse HASC report - APCC Victims Leads response
In response to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) report published today acknowledging the need for further action to tackle domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic, APCC Victims leads Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden and PFCC Julia Mulligan said:
“We welcome calls for a cross-departmental Covid-19 strategy on domestic abuse, and for it to be backed by an emergency funding package.
“This recommendation echoes the call that we recently made to Government, alongside the Domestic Abuse and Victims Commissioners, for a cross-departmental ministerial working group to deliver national leadership resources and action in this area.
“It is essential that we move now to implement new, innovative, national strategies which provide victims with options for accessing the support they will so desperately need.
“PCCs are responsible for commissioning the majority of local support services for victims of crime and there are numerous positive examples of pragmatic and flexible work. We will continue this as well as feed into any centrally coordinated action to support victims and catch perpetrators.”