Consultation on new Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy

9th February 2023

The Departments of Health and Justice have announced a public consultation on a new draft Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy.

The launch of the consultation coincides with Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week which is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of sexual abuse and violence and to provide an opportunity for any organisation or individual to engage in dialogue.

The strategy, covering the period 2023-2030, applies to all victims, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity and background, while also recognising that women are disproportionately affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

The consultation paper and impact assessments, as well as Easy Read and Children and Young People versions, are available on the Department of Health and Department of Justice consultation websites.

Responses to the consultation should be provided through the Citizen Space website.

A number of online engagement events are planned:
Monday 6 March 2023 6.00pm –7.30pm
Tuesday 7 March 2023 10.30am – noon
Thursday 9 March 2023 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 14 March 2023 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2023 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Thursday 16 March 2023 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Details of public events and how to register for these are available on the Health and Justice web pages.

For those who need to call the police on 999 but are scared to speak, a ‘silent solution’ exists when dialling from a mobile to press 55 when prompted. This allows police to know it is a genuine emergency.