Response to the Victims' Bill consultation

This month the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) responded to the Ministry of Justice Victims' Bill consultation. They are concerned that disabled and ethnic minority women face particular barriers to reporting violence and accessing support services and have made a number of recommendations which support compliance with the Equality Act and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by ensuring all victims receive equally effective support.

The EHRC are also concerned by the lack of data on the experiences of victims broken down by protected characteristic groups. In the response they recommend changes to data collection within the criminal justice system and the funding of targeted research to address evidence gaps.

To read their response to the Victims' Bill consultation, click here.

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