HOPE Training and Consultancy, supported by HARM Network, Dr Olumide Adisa and Sarah Wigley Associates, are sparking discussions about domestic and sexual abuse and its impact on survivors in Black and Minority Ethnic Communities during Covid-19 through regular Zoom calls. The calls are hosted by Meena Kumari, bringing together frontline workers, activists, survivors, academics and policy makers.
Respect welcomes the DA Bill, including the new definition of Domestic Abuse and improvements to court arrangements for victims. However, we think that a strategic approach to perpetrators is missing. It is simply impossible to prevent or end domestic abuse without responding to the people causing the harm.
We are supporting a number of amendments from colleagues across the Violence Against Women sector, these are detailed in this joint recommendations document.
COVID-19 has had widespread impact on the domestic abuse sector. Respect conducted an initial survey with Respect members on the impact that COVID-19 has been having on their domestic abuse perpetrator services.