‘Victims voices need to be at the centre’

14 June 2019

The report published today by the Joint Committee scrutinising the draft Domestic Abuse Bill has raised important questions about the introduction of a proposed new domestic abuse injunction regime called Domestic Abuse Protections Orders (DAPOs).

Our organisations share growing concerns that the proposed new regime is completely unworkable unless fundamental problems are addressed about how the framework and resources will genuinely support victim-survivors. We support the call for a review of the existing injunction regime before implementing the proposed orders.

This briefing from specialist organisations with expertise in providing legal advice to victims and working with perpetrators summarises the key problems with the proposed regime and highlights the issues that must be addressed to ensure it becomes victim-centred. This briefing has been produced to assist all those involved in shaping the Bill at the next stages.


This briefing is created by Respect and Rights of Women.

It is produced by funding from London Councils for the Ascent Support Services to Organisations project. 

About Ascent

Ascent is a partnership project undertaken by the London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, under six themes, funded by London Councils. The second tier support project aims to address the long term sustainability needs of organisations providing services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence. The project seeks to improve the quality of such services across London by providing a range of training and support. 

Women’s Resource Centre is the lead partner in the Support Services Strand where we work together with 5 partner organisations:

Rights of Women


Women and Girls Network

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA)


Find out more about the Ascent project here.

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