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March 2012 - BASW England Consultation Response to Cross Government Definition of Domestic Violence

BASW is a member of the Inter-disciplinary Alliance for Children and shares the concerns of the Alliance regarding the narrow definition of domestic violence that has been applied to the Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Bill that is currently making its way through the parliamentary process. This has already led to widespread condemnation by a number of organisations and individuals and so we are hopeful that this will be changed so that all those in need of protection by the courts are included and crucially meet the eligibility criteria for legal aid. This example merely reinforces the situation outlined in the previous paragraph and makes the case for a coherent approach to be applied across the piece leaving individuals in no doubt about the extent of which domestic abuse infiltrates so many different aspects of life.