The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee undertook a post legislative inquiry into the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 (the Act).
The Committee’s predecessor in the Fourth Assembly, the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee, was responsible for scrutinising the Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill before it was renamed and became an Act. The Committee reported on the Bill in November 2014.
Terms of reference
The Committee looked at the progress made in the implementation of the Act’s provisions and its impact to date. In particular, the Committee considered:
As part of its evidence gathering, the Committee received 36 written submissions, held six oral evidence sessions and visited 4 projects to meet with service providers and survivors.
The Committee published its report: Is the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 working? (PDF, 2.98MB) in December 2016.
On publication of the report, John Griffiths AM, Chair of the Committee said:
“We found that, while the Act will achieve improvements in the way public authorities support survivors and prevent abuse, there are some practical improvements that need to be made to ensure the Act achieves its aim of substantially improving the public sector response to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.”
A ‘quick read’ version of the report has also been published, read it here.
The Committee held an additional scrutiny session with the Minister on 12 February 2020.
The Welsh Government’s periodical updates on the pace of the implementation of the Act can be viewed below.
Should the Committee decide to hold further evidence sessions in the future it will communicate this on its homepage and through its Twitter account.
Keeping in touch
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Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 03/08/2016