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Thursday 30 April 2020

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Domestic Abuse Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in the

 

order in which they relate to the Bill.

 

 


 

Philip Davies

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  leave out paragraph (d).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove economic abuse from the definition of domestic abuse.

 

Philip Davies

 

7

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  15,  after “abuse”, insert “(see subsection (4A))”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide the ability to further define specific abuse.

 

Philip Davies

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  1,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 1.


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

5

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  1,  after “effect”, insert “without permission, consent,

 

necessity or any other good reason”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The aim of this amendment would be to specify that economic abuse has to be deliberate and

 

unreasonable not just the withholding of money, for example, with lawful authority or good reason

 

– e.g. someone caring for someone or the partner of a gambling addict who gives consent etc.

 

Philip Davies

 

6

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  3,  leave out from “acquire” to “property” and insert “use or

 

maintain their own money or personal property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The aim of this amendment would be to specify that economic abuse must involve the person’s own

 

money and not the lawful property of someone else.

 

Philip Davies

 

8

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

“Psychological, emotional or other abuse” includes but is not limited to—

 

(a)    

Parental Alienation, or

 

(b)    

False allegations of domestic abuse by A against B, or

 

(c)    

A deliberately preventing B having contact with their child or children

 

for no good reason.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment gives specific examples of domestic abuse – parental alienation, false allegations

 

of domestic abuse and the prevention of contact with a parent for no good reason.

 

Philip Davies

 

9

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(4B)    

“Parental Alienation” is defined as a child’s resistance or hostility towards parent

 

B which is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by parent

 

A.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines parental alienation.

 

Philip Davies

 

10

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  5,  leave out subsection (5).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the potential creation of two victims of a single act of abuse.

 

Philip Davies

 

11

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  8,  leave out subsection (6).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 10.

 



 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

15

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  3,  after “the”, insert “objective”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment aims to ensure there is no bias and that pre-conceived notions do not form part

 

of the identification of domestic abuse process.

 

Philip Davies

 

16

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  8,  after “abuse”, insert “; (e) a gender-neutral approach to

 

domestic abuse”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would recognise explicitly that domestic violence affects everyone regardless of

 

their sex.

 

Philip Davies

 

17

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

monitoring the estimated number of actual victims of domestic abuse

 

compared to those prosecuted for such offences according to the sex of

 

the victim and making recommendations to address any differences in

 

outcomes between the sexes;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make sure that male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse are

 

prosecuted in similar relative numbers.

 

Philip Davies

 

18

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(i)    

monitoring the estimated number of actual victims of domestic abuse in

 

same sex relationships by gender.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that those in same sex relationships are separately monitored in line

 

with the genderneutral approach to domestic abuse.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

19

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  38,  after “Board”)”, insert “through an open recruitment

 

process”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that members of the Advisory Board are appointed via an open

 

recruitment process.

 

Philip Davies

 

23

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  7,  after the first “of” insert “each of (a) male and (b)

 

female”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that different people separately representing the interests of male

 

and female victims are appointed to the Advisory Board.


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

24

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  9,  after “with”, insert “each of (a) male and (b) female”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that different people separately representing the interests of male

 

and female organisations are on the Advisory Board.

 

Philip Davies

 

20

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  11,  leave out paragraph (c)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the necessity for a representative of health care providers to be on

 

the Advisory Board to make space for representatives of both male and female victims/groups.

 

Philip Davies

 

21

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  14,  leave out paragraph (d)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the necessity for a representative of social care providers to be on

 

the Advisory Board to make space for representatives of both male and female victims/groups.

 

Philip Davies

 

22

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out subsection (6)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 21.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

25

 

Clause  54,  page  35,  line  36,  after the first “of”, insert “each of (a) male and (b)

 

female”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that different people separately represent the interests of both male

 

and female victims on the domestic abuse local partnership boards.

 

Philip Davies

 

26

 

Clause  54,  page  35,  line  40,  after “with” insert “each of (a) male and (b) female”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that different people separately represent the interests of both male

 

and female organisations on the domestic abuse local partnership boards.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

3

 

Clause  65,  page  48,  line  37,  leave out paragraph (d).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 1.


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

4

 

Clause  65,  page  49,  line  16,  leave out paragraph (d).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 1.

 

Philip Davies

 

12

 

Clause  65,  page  49,  line  26,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 10.

 

Philip Davies

 

27

 

Clause  65,  page  49,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

If it transpires that the local authority has been given incorrect information or that

 

it has taken into account false allegations of domestic abuse as the basis for

 

granting a tenancy, it must revoke the secure tenancy within 7 days of receiving

 

this information by giving the tenant 28 days notice to quit in addition to passing

 

on such information to the police, where they are not already involved, as soon as

 

is practicable thereafter.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes provision for someone who has made false allegations of domestic abuse

 

to lose the home they gained under these false pretences.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

14

 

Clause  66,  page  49,  line  45,  after “female”, insert “and this should in no way

 

exclude male victims from the protection of domestic abuse legislation and services for

 

survivors.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is an alternative to Amendment 13.

 

Philip Davies

 

13

 

Clause  66,  page  50,  line  44,  leave out from “that” to “female.” and insert “victims

 

and perpetrators of domestic abuse in England and Wales are both male and female”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the sex specific reference to females, to include male victims of domestic

 

abuse and reflect the fact that both men and women are perpetrators of domestic abuse.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 30 April 2020                  

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Mark Garnier

 

Laura Farris

 

Kate Green

 

Jess Phillips

 

Tulip Siddiq

Stella Creasy

Ms Karen Buck

Debbie Abrahams

Helen Hayes

Alison McGovern

Olivia Blake

Ms Angela Eagle

Dawn Butler

Ruth Jones

Janet Daby

Ruth Cadbury

Yvonne Fovargue

Barbara Keeley

Rosie Cooper

Emma Hardy

Tonia Antoniazzi

Tracy Brabin

Dame Diana Johnson

Sarah Olney

Rosie Duffield

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“No defence for consent

 

(1)    

If, in the course of any behaviour which constitutes domestic abuse within the

 

meaning of this Act, a person (“A”) wounds or assaults another person (“B”)

 

causing actual bodily harm, more serious injury or death, it is not a defence to a

 

prosecution that B consented to the infliction of injury.

 

(2)    

Subsection (1) applies whether or not the actual bodily harm, more serious injury

 

or death occurred in the course of a sadomasochistic encounter.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would prevent consent from being used as a defence to a prosecution in cases of

 

domestic abuse which result in serious injury or death.

 


 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Mark Garnier

 

Laura Farris

 

Jess Phillips

 

Tulip Siddiq

 

Stella Creasy

Ms Karen Buck

Debbie Abrahams

Helen Hayes

Alison McGovern

Olivia Blake

Ms Angela Eagle

Dawn Butler

Ruth Jones

Janet Daby

Ruth Cadbury

Yvonne Fovargue

Barbara Keeley

Rosie Cooper

Emma Hardy

Tonia Antoniazzi

Tracy Brabin

Dame Diana Johnson

Sarah Olney

Kate Green

Rosie Duffield

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Consent of Director of Public Prosecutions

 

(1)    

In any homicide case in which all or any of the injuries involved in the death,

 

whether or not they are the proximate cause of it, were inflicted in the course of

 

domestic abuse, the Crown Prosecution Service may not, in respect of the death—

 

(a)    

charge a person with manslaughter or any other offence less than the

 

charge of murder, or


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

(b)    

accept a plea of guilty to manslaughter or any other lesser offence

 

without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

(2)    

Before deciding whether or not to give consent for the purposes of subsection (1),

 

the Director of Public Prosecutions must consult the immediate family of the

 

deceased.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions if, in any

 

homicide case in which any of the injuries were inflicted in the course of domestic abuse, the

 

charge (or the plea to be accepted) is of anything less than murder. It would also require the

 

Director of Public Prosecutions to consult the immediate family of the deceased before deciding

 

whether or not to give such consent.

 


 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Laura Farris

 

Jess Phillips

 

Tulip Siddiq

 

Stella Creasy

 

Ms Karen Buck

Debbie Abrahams

Helen Hayes

Alison McGovern

Olivia Blake

Ms Angela Eagle

Dawn Butler

Ruth Jones

Janet Daby

Ruth Cadbury

Yvonne Fovargue

Barbara Keeley

Rosie Cooper

Emma Hardy

Tonia Antoniazzi

Tracy Brabin

Dame Diana Johnson

Mark Garnier

Rosie Duffield

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“New offence of non-fatal strangulation

 

A person (A) commits an offence ifthat person unlawfully strangles, suffocates or

 

asphyxiates another person (B), where the strangulation, suffocation or

 

asphyxiation does not result in B’s death.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This will create a new offence of non-fatal strangulation.

 

 

Order of the House [28 april 2020]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Domestic Abuse Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 25 June 2020.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.


 
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