Joint Committee on Human Rights probes government on draft Domestic Abuse Bill
The JCHR has written to the government in relation to a number of rights related issues including -
How the fact the Bill is England and Wales only is compliant with the requirements of the Istanbul Convention that the UK protect ensures that the protections within the Convention extend to the whole of the jurisdiction unless there is a valid reason.
The draft Bill does nothing to address the specific challenges facing migrant women - the JCHR asks how this is compliant with the requirements of the Istanbul Convention that the UK protect victims without discrimination as to immigration status.
The statutory definition of domestic abuse may leave some forms of domestic relationships outside of scope. The JCHR asks the government to consider whether there are gaps.