Powers to make other orders in proceedings under this Part

Domestic Abuse Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 10th June 2020.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The clause relates to powers to make other orders in proceedings under this part. I will speak briefly on this, because it is important. Clause 49 makes provision for DAPO proceedings to be included in the definition of family proceedings in the Children Act 1989 and the Family Law Act 1996, if they are taking place in the family court or the family division of the high court. In practical terms, that will ensure that family judges have access to their powers under the Children Act and the Family Law Act in the course of DAPO proceedings.

For example, if a family judge is hearing an application to make or vary a DAPO, and concerns around child contact arrangements are raised, the judge will be able to make an order under the Children Act without a separate application having to be issued. We consider that that will provide clarity and flexibility to the court, as judges will be able to use their powers under the Children Act and the Family Law Act in any DAPO proceedings to best protect victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 49 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 50 to 52 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Ordered, That further consideration be now adjourned. —(Rebecca Harris.)

Adjourned till Thursday 11 June at half-past Eleven o’clock.

Written evidence reported to the House

DAB52 NSPCC

DAB53 Carla James

DAB54 Chartered Institute of Housing

DAB55 Vanessa d’Esterre - Domestic abuse specialist and expert by experience

DAB56 Tim Tierney

DAB57 INCADVA (Inter-Collegiate and Agency Domestic Violence Abuse) Forum

DAB58 Attenti

DAB59 Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

DAB60 Mr Andrew Pain

DAB61 Ian McNicholl

DAB62 Philipp Tanzer

DAB63 Follow-up letter from the Domestic Abuse Commissioner

DAB64 White Ribbon UK

DAB65 Women’s Aid Federation of England

DAB66 Hestia

DAB67 Women Against Rape (WAR)

DAB68 Agenda

DAB69 APPG for Ending Homelessness

DAB70 Surviving Economic Abuse