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Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Q Let me pick up on two things you have said. First, is religious marriage a growing issue? Somebody came to see me last week who had been in what she thought was a marriage. When she went to get a divorce because of domestic violence, her marriage certificate was in Arabic. She had been married under sharia law and was not actually married. Secondly, you talked about IDVAs; is there a...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I wanted to talk about Operation Encompass; you raised it before I had an opportunity to ask. It is a wonderful scheme. I would like to see it rolled out across the UK as, I hope, a compulsory thing, so that all schools know what goes on.Q You will be aware, as I am, that women’s prisons are full of women who have experienced domestic violence. When these women are convicted of criminal...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Q Me too. When you make recommendations, do they have to be taken up by the constabulary, or can they be ignored? What impact do your recommendations have?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Good morning and welcome. It is an absolute pleasure to have you here. I am interested to hear you say that you would welcome more powers. An issue for me, at this moment in time, is whether you need more time. I am really concerned about the fact that the role is part time, and there is definitely an opportunity for us to look at that. I am offering you a full-time jobQ here.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Q You have had an opportunity to look at the Bill. What are your thoughts on the gender definition within it?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: That is perfect.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Q It is a pleasure to meet you. I have been very happily married for 25 years, but I was married before and it was not so happy. I was a victim of domestic abuse—I have never said this before. I can remember the police coming to my house and saying, “It’s just a domestic”. The only person who was going to be able to do anything about that was me, the following day, but I did not do...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Q Police are under a huge amount of pressure, with lack of resources, lack of police officers and everything else that we talk about on a regular basis. With the DAPOs, I know that the victim will not be charged, but the police service will be charged for court cases. Will that prevent police forces that are already under pressure in terms of budget resources from going for DAPOs because of...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Q Where are you on a register for perpetrators?

Home Department: County Lines Drugs Gangs (28 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: County lines operations have invaded every town and city across the UK, and they do not discriminate when it comes to the lives they affect. South Wales police, my own excellent constabulary, is seeing children as young as 13 arrested for involvement in county lines. We must protect the young and vulnerable from this exploitation, and no matter what the Government think they are doing, it is...

Women and Equalities: Women Leaving Prison (17 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Today, Mr Speaker, with my voice, I am going to be Bonnie Tyler. [Laughter.] One in six women leave prison with no home to go to. A combination of homelessness, a lack of job opportunities, and the stigma of being an ex-offender is setting up these women to fail and is undoubtedly responsible for the disproportionate number of recalls. The Government have to do more to help these women, who...

Business of the House (Prorogation): Baby Loss Awareness Week (8 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Will the hon. Lady join me in this poignant debate in saying how dreadfully sorry we all are that, on 27 September in Bronzefield women’s prison, a baby was born and died? We know no more than that at the moment, but it seems appropriate in this debate that we pay our respects to that baby and their mam.

Business of the House (3 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I thank the Leader of the House for his remarks—I think. In September 2005, 17-year-old Ben Bellamy, the son of one of my constituents, was brutally murdered in Swansea. The Parole Board has recently recommended that one of his killers be moved to an open prison ahead of an early release. Ben’s family are understandably upset about this, particularly about the lack of communication from...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Let me take this opportunity to thank the Lord Chancellor and the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the hon. Member for Louth and Horncastle (Victoria Atkins), for the productive way in which we have managed to work together on this Bill to date. May I also say that, as a proud Welsh woman, I am delighted that most of the Front-Bench speeches today will be delivered by a...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I will talk about housing later in my speech, as it is an issue that is very important to the Labour party. This is our golden opportunity as parliamentarians to transform the domestic abuse agenda in this country. We have a duty to survivors, victims and their dependants —and to generations to come—to get this right.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I could not agree more. This is something that we all see every day when we talk to people who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. In many cases, it is learned behaviour and we really need to look at that. As it stands, although there are some welcome and vital changes in the Bill, it is too narrow. There are many areas that are crying out for wider scope. I hope that this can...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I just want to make a little progress. We have volumes of data relating to victims of domestic abuse, but at present this only accounts for those aged 74 and under, even though we know that domestic abuse has no age limit. Older people must have their rights protected too, and the Bill needs to recognise that. Statistics consistently demonstrate that the vast majority of domestic abuse...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: My right hon. Friend makes a very good point; I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiments. The Bill needs to include a legal duty to fund a national network of accommodation-based domestic abuse services as a matter of priority, to meet the needs of all survivors and, very importantly, their children. The protection and provision of support for children who experience domestic abuse—either...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I do agree. I also join my hon. Friend in congratulating those organisations. I have yet to meet an organisation that deals with this issue that has not done excellent work, and all struggle for every penny they are able to get from wherever. They truly deserve our praise.


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