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UK’s first Domestic Abuse Commissioner announced

Nicole Jacobs is appointed to this role

27 September 2019
UK’s first Domestic Abuse Commissioner announced

The Home Secretary has announced Nicole Jacobs as the designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner. She was the former Chief Executive Officer of the charity Standing Together Against Domestic Violence and has more than two decades of experience working to reduce domestic abuse.

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner will lead on driving improvements to the response to domestic abuse in the UK, championing victims and making recommendations on what more should be done to better protect victims and bring more offenders to justice.

The Independent Office of Domestic Abuse Commissioner will be tasked with encouraging good practice in preventing domestic abuse; identifying both those at risk of abuse as well as those perpetrating it and improving the protection and provision of support to those affected by domestic abuse. They will also be able to publish reports that hold statutory agencies and the government to account.

The government are planning to put the role of the Domestic Abuse Commission on a statutory footing via the Domestic Abuse Bill which has recently been introduced in parliament. You can read the MA briefing about the Bill here.

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