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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 20 May 2020

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: NC4 to NC11

 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

accordance with the Order to be proposed by Victoria Atkins and Alex Chalk.

 


 

Victoria Atkins

 

Alex Chalk

 

To move, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely: Clauses 1 to 37;

 

Schedule 1; Clauses 38 to 62; Schedule 2; Clauses 63 to 73; new Clauses; new Schedules;

 

remaining proceedings on the Bill.

 


 

Victoria Atkins

 

Alex Chalk

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

 



 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Victoria Atkins

 

Alex Chalk

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

2

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 1.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

6

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  3,  leave out “acquire, use or maintain money or other

 

property” and insert “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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

(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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

11

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 10.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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.


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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.


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

22

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 21.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

4

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 1.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

12

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 10.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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

 

Bob Stewart

 

13

 

Clause  66,  page  49,  line  44,  leave out from “that” to the end of line 45 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.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

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.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 20 May 2020                     

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Mark Garnier

 

Laura Farris

 

Caroline Nokes

 

Bob Blackman

 

Tim Loughton

 

nc4

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“No defence for consent to death

 

(1)    

If a person (“A”) wounds, assaults or asphyxiates another person (“B”) to whom

 

they are personally connected as defined in section 2 of this Act causing 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 death occurred in the course of a

 

sadomasochistic encounter.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would prevent consent of the victim from being used as a defence to a prosecution

 

in domestic homicides.

 


 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Mark Garnier

 

Laura Farris

 

Caroline Nokes

 

Bob Blackman

 

Tim Loughton

 

nc5

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“No defence for consent to injury

 

(1)    

If a person (“A”) wounds, assaults or asphyxiates another person (“B”) to whom

 

they are personally connected as defined in section 2 of this Act causing actual

 

bodily harm or more serious injury, it is not a defence to a prosecution that B

 

consented to the infliction of injury or asphyxiation.

 

(2)    

Subsection (1) applies whether or not the actual bodily harm, non-fatal

 

strangulation, or more serious injury occurred in the course of a sadomasochistic

 

encounter.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would prevent consent of the victim from being used as a defence to a prosecution

 

in cases of domestic abuse which result in serious injury.

 



 
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