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Statements and briefings

Our briefing papers and statements in response to proposed changes to the law.

Family Law

Briefing on divorce law reform

Divorce laws should not grant overly extended or intrusive powers to the state and instead should serve to enable freedom of choice and respect people’s autonomy in such personal matters.

Legal Aid

Proposed Amendments to Statutory Instrument: Civil Legal Aid

Our proposed amendments regarding Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2017.

Briefing on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

Our briefing for the House of Lords, on how LASPO in its current form will remove meaningful access to justice from women who have experienced and are at risk of gender-based violence and abuse.

Immigration and Asylum

Response to the Migrant Victims of Domestic Abuse (Domestic Abuse Bill)

Review findings of July 2020. We urge the Home Office to take on board the concerns raised about the ‘pilot scheme’ by the women’s sector and make fundamental changes to the scheme.

Briefing to the House of Lords on the Immigration Bill - Second Reading

We have very significant concerns about the impact of provisions of the Immigration Bill on migrant women affected by violence and attempting to secure safety in the UK.

Briefing to the House of Commons on the Immigration Bill - Reporting Stage

We urge Members to consider the impact of the Immigration Bill on migrant and asylum-seeking women affected by violence.

Immigration Bill: SARC amendment

Briefing regarding the proposed amendment for charging for use of sexual assault referral centres.

Immigration Bill: violence against women and girls amendment

Rights of Women calls on the Government to ensure that the causes of domestic violence are addressed and women are adequately protected, whatever their immigration status.

No recourse, no rights?

Our position statement on no recourse to public funds.

Briefing on violence against women and “no recourse to public funds”

Violence Against Women and Girls

Joint Briefing: Keep Counselling Confidential - full briefing

Committee Stage for the Victims and Prisoners Bill in the House of Lords. This briefing sets out the problems and solutions around the disclosure of counselling notes.

Joint Briefing: Keep Counselling Confidential - summary

Committee Stage for the Victims and Prisoners Bill in the House of Lords. This briefing sets out the problems and solutions around the disclosure of counselling notes.

Joint Briefing: Keep Counselling Confidential - full briefing

Second Reading of the Victims and Prisoners Bill in the House of Lords. This briefing sets out the problems and solutions around the disclosure of counselling notes.

Joint Briefing: Keep Counselling Confidential - summary

Second Reading of the Victims and Prisoners Bill in the House of Lords. This summarises the problems and solutions around the disclosure of counselling notes.

Joint Briefing on Serous Violence Reduction Orders

Briefing on establishing a robust pilot and enhancing democratic scrutiny (Part 10, PCSC Bill).

Joint Briefing on SVD AND SRVOs

Joint briefing for House of Lords ahead of Report Stage of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Serious Violence Duty and Serious Violence Reduction Orders.

Joint letter on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Letter to the Shadow Justice and Home Secretaries on our significant concerns about particular provisions in the Bill that would entrench racism in the criminal justice system.

Joint briefing on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Briefing for the House of Lords, second reading stage.

Joint briefing on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Briefing for the House of Commons, report stage.

Joint briefing on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill

Joint briefing on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill – House of Lords Report Stage.

Joint briefing on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill

Joint briefing on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill – House of Lords Committee Stage.

Letter to the Lord Chancellor and Home Secretary calling for action

Letter calling for action following judgment in JH v MF. It has caught the attention of the press because of the archaic views of the Judge in the case to sexual consent.

‘Victims voices need to be at the centre’

Joint briefing from Rights of Women and Respect on Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs).

Briefing to the House of Lords on the criminalisation of forced marriage

Section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009

A crucial step towards ending commercial sexual exploitation.

No impunity for rape, no anonymity for defendants

The Government proposes to give those accused of rape anonymity; this would mean that the police would not be able to name those they are investigating in order to secure vital evidence.

The need to eradicate sexual violence

Our position statement on sexual violence.

Ending domestic abuse

Our position statement on domestic violence.

The need to tackle demand

Our position statement on prostitution.

Celebrating success – section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009

Briefing on amended Clause 13, Part 2 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2008

Briefing on Clause 13, Part 2 of the Policing and Crime Bill 2008

Briefing on the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill

Women's Rights

VAWG Sector briefing on the Bill of Rights

The Government’s proposal to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replace it with a new ‘Bill of Rights’ is dangerous for women and girls.

VAWG sector statement on the Public Order Bill

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