Policy responses

Refuge ensures that the voices of the women and children we support are represented in our responses to government consultations

 

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Below is a list of our policy responses. If you require additional information please email the communications team.

 

 

 

 

Crown Prosecution Service

A public consultation on CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives 2015-2018 (July 2015)

Crown Prosecution Service

Refuge Responds to CPS Draft Guidance on Speaking to Witnesses at Court (March 2015)

Home Office

Consultation on ‘Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the Police’ (January 2015)

Home Office

Consultation on ‘Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse’ (October 2014)

All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Inquiry into ‘The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ (October 2014)

Ministry of Justice

Consultation on proposals to introduce a civil protection order for female genital mutilation (FGM) (August 2014)

Crown Prosecution Service

Consultation on guidance ‘The Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases’  (July 2014)

Justice Select Committee

Inquiry into impact of changes to legal aid (April 2014)

Joint Committee on Human Rights

Inquiry into violence against women and girls (March 2014)

Department for Work and Pensions

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system (February 2014)

Ministry of Justice

Out of Court Disposal Consultation (January 2014)

All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Inquiry into ‘Justice for Women: From Reporting to Sentencing’ (November 2013)

UK National Screening Committee

Domestic violence – an evidence review (August 2013)

Mayor of London Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

Consultation on the second Mayoral strategy on violence against women and girls, 2013-17  (August 2013)

Ministry of Justice

Refuge response to ‘Transforming Legal Aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system’ (June 2013)

Ministry of Justice

Improving the code of practice for victims of crime (May 2013)

Mayor of London Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

Refuge feedback on the MOPAC Police and Crime Plan, 2013-2017 (February 2013)

Home Office

“Clare’s Law” domestic violence disclosure scheme consultation (January 2012)

Department for Work and Pensions

Housing Benefit Reform – supported housing (October 2011)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Public consultation on curriculum reform (July 2009)

Mayor of London

The way forward: A call for action to end violence against women (July 2009)

Together we can end violence against women and girls

A consultation paper (May 2009)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Forced Marriage Unit

Handling Cases of Forced Marriage (April 2009)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

21st Century Schools: A World Class Education for Every Child (March 2009)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Public consultation on curriculum reform (July 2009)

HM Government

Together we can end violence against women and girls – A consultation paper (May 2009)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Forced Marriage Unit

Handling Cases of Forced Marriage (April 2009)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

21st Century Schools: A World Class Education for Every Child  (March 2009)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Response to the Interim Review of the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (February 2009)

Department of Health, Criminal Justice System; Home Office

Safeguarding Adults: A Consultation on the Review of the ‘No Secrets’ Guidance (January 2009)

Crown Prosecution Service

Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Domestic Violence (October 2008)

Department for Work and Pensions

No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility (October 2008)

Ministry of Justice; Attorney General’s Office; Home Office

Murder, manslaughter and infanticide: proposals for reform of the law (October 2008)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Forced marriage – statutory guidance (October 2008)

Lord Lester

Reforming the law for people who live together (October 2008)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Review of Sex and Relationship Education (May 2008)

Border and Immigration Agency (Home Office)

The Path to Citizenship: Next Steps in Reforming the Migration System (May 2008)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Evidence to the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (April 2008)

Ministry for Justice

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 – Relevant Third Party (March 2008)

Border and Immigration Agency (Home Office)

Marriage to Partners from Overseas (February 2008)

Crown Prosecution Service

Violence Against Women strategy (January 2008)

Communities and Local Government

National Indicators for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships (December 2007)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Staying Safe (October 2007)

Department for Work and Pensions

In Work, Better off: Next Steps to Full Employment (October 2007)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Time to Talk (October 2007)

Cabinet Office

Families at Risk Review (October 2007)

Department for Trade and Industry

Joint Birth Registration: Promoting Parenting Responsibility (September 2007)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Review of Section 58 of the Children Act 2004 (August 2007)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Draft ContactPoint Guidance (July 2007)

Home Office

2006/7 Progress Report on the National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan (July 2007)

Department of Health

Bearing Good Witness: Proposals for Reforming the Delivery of Medical Expert Evidence in Family Law Cases (May 2007)

The Law Commission

Project proposal for the tenth programme of law reform – recognising the psychological impacts of abuse (April 2007)

Department for Work and Pensions

A New System of Child Maintenance (March 2007)

Lord Lester/Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill (February 2007)

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Separate Representation of Children (December 2006)

Department for Communities and Local Government

Draft Supporting People Guidance (November 2006)

Home Office

2005/6 Progress Report on the National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan (November 2006)

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Confidence and Confidentiality: Improving Transparency and Privacy in Family Courts (October 2006)

Department for Education and Skills; Her Majesty’s Treasury

Comprehensive Spending Review: Children and Young People Review (September 2006)

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Coroner Reform: The Government’s Draft Bill – Improving Death Investigation in England and Wales (September 2006)

Home Office

Guidance for Domestic Homicide Reviews under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (September 2006)

The Law Commission

A New Homicide Act for England and Wales? (June 2006)

The Sentencing Advisory Panel

Domestic Violence and Sentencing Guidelines (May 2006)

The Law Commission

A New Homicide Act for England and Wales? (April 2006)

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Creating Sustainable Communities: Supporting Independence (March 2006)

Home Office, Department for Constitutional Affairs; Attorney General

Rebuilding Lives – Supporting Victims of Crime (March 2006)

Department for Communities and Local Government

Advancing Equality for Men and Women (January 2006)

Foreign Office; Home Office

Forced Marriage Consultation – A Wrong not a Right (January 2006)

Department for Education and Skills

Putting your Children First: a Guide for Separating Parents – Parenting Plans and Guidance (October 2005)

Department for Education and Skills

Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill (June 2005)

Home Office

National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan (June 2005)

Department for Education and Skills

Putting your Children First: a Guide for Separating Parents – Parenting Plans and Guidance (March 2005)

Department for Education and Skills

Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill (Evidence to the Joint Committee in March 2005)

Department for Constitutional Affairs (Courts and Dispute Resolution); Department for Education and Skills (CAFCASS); Department for Trade and Industry (Women and Equalities policy)

Parental Separation: Children’s Needs and Parents’ Responsibilities: Next Steps (March 2005)

Constitutional Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Family Justice

Written evidence (December 2004)
Oral evidence (December 2004)

Home Office

Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act (December 2004)

Department for Constitutional Affairs (Courts and Dispute Resolution); Department for Education and Skills (CAFCASS); Department for Trade and Industry (Women and Equalities Policy)

Parental Separation: Children’s Needs and Parents’ Responsibilities (November 2004)

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Council of Europe Convention on Contact Concerning Children (November 2004)

Department for Constitutional Affairs (Courts and Dispute Resolution); Department for Education and Skills (CAFCASS); Department for Trade and Industry (Women and Equalities policy)

Parental Separation: Children’s Needs and Parents’ Responsibilities (August 2004)

Home Office

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill (July 2004)

The Law Commission

Renting Homes Recommendations: Supported Housing (June 2004)

The Sentencing Advisory Panel

Sentencing of Manslaughter by Reason of Provocation (June 2004)

The Law Commission

Partial Defences to Murder Review (June 2004)

Department for Education and Skills

Safeguarding Children (April 2004)

Home Office

Compensation and Support for Victims of Crime (April 2004)

Department for Education and Skills

Every Child Matters (November 2003)

Home Office

Restorative Justice (October 2003)

Home Office

Safety and Justice (September 2003)

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Supporting People, Policy into Practice (December 2000)

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Quality and Choice: A Decent Home for All -the Housing Green Paper (July 2000)

Women and Equality Unit

Living without Fear (October 1998)

Department of the Environment

More Choice in the Socially Rented Sector (September 1995)