Policy work

Our policy team at Stay Safe East includes Ruth Bashall (CEO) and our two Policy Officers, Miranda Weston and Ashley Stephen. We are currently engaged in a national partnership with Victim Support for a project funded by the Home Office to build the capacity of providers to work with disabled victims of domestic abuse, and to put violence against disabled women and girls on the national policy agenda. See updates on our current policy work below.

Policy work around COVID-19

We recently published our briefing on the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people. This was originally submitted as a response to the Women and Equalities Committee consultation on the impact of COVID-19 on people with protected characteristics.

We have signed a joint VAWG sector emergency funding statement alongside sector colleagues, urging the government to ensure that the 750m emergency funding for frontline charities meets the needs of domestic abuse services during COVID-19.

Alongside our colleagues across the sector, we have also signed an open letter to the Prime Minister regarding COVID-19 and violence against women and girls.

Victim’s Code consultation: 28th May 2020

Stay Safe East responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on Improving the Victim’s Code. Disabled people are among the groups most affected by crime, but are least likely to report it.

Read our response to the Victim’s Code consultation here.

Domestic Abuse Bill

Please see our page on the Domestic Abuse Bill for updates on our work regarding this, including our final briefing with proposed amendments.