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Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Offence of non-fatal strangulation (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I once again stand here as the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham and the Member for Wyre Forest. I merely speak to the new clauses, although with considerable support from myself behind them. I believe they will wish to discuss them potentially more on Report and so I will withdraw from pushing them to a vote today. I have merely probed in preparation for that. All I...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Offence of non-fatal strangulation (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Offence of non-fatal strangulation (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I apologise at the outset, because the new clause contains rather technical legalese and quite graphic language. The purpose of the new clauses is to correct the inadequate way in which the law is applied in practice on the ground. Currently, we do not criminalise behaviour that was not already criminal—obviously, it is already a crime to strangle somebody; I can confirm that in case anyone...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I will withdraw the new clause. I am very pleased to hear that there is an intention to deal with the matter on Report, and I speak entirely for the hon. Member for Wyre Forest and my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham in that regard. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Like the hon. Gentleman, I have been involved in a number of murder cases, and he is right that family liaison officers are worth their weight in gold. Does he think that there needs to be a more formalised link between the prosecutor and the family liaison officer—a referral pathway, or standard of practice that had to be met in each case? It could help us work towards having a less patchy...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely share the hon. Lady’s frustrations. The truth of the matter is that we are talking about specific cases where this defence could easily be leaned on, and we are trying to shut those loopholes. There are only really three defences in a rape case. One is mistaken identity: it was not the accused, but someone completely different. Another is that it just did not happen, full...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely. Even just from a personal perspective, the idea of my parents having to listen to conversations about me having sex at all is a harrowing thought, but we are talking about people who have lost their loved one having to listen to such things. The point about anonymity is made in rape cases, but there is no similar level of anonymity in this instance for a bereaved mother, father,...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I rise to speak not with my own voice, but with those of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) and the hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Mark Garnier). I am better at doing one of those voices than I am the other, but I shall try to do justice to both. The short term for this subject—given that we are debating short titles—is the “rough sex...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: No defence for consent to death (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I could not agree more, and thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. Any opportunity to get women’s names on the record, especially those who have died, is absolutely fine with me. New clause 5 arises from similar considerations, stating that where serious harm has occurred during sex because of the behaviour of one person, consent does not exist. We Can’t Consent To This found 115 cases...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Power of Secretary of State to issue guidance about domestic abuse, etc (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: The Minister used the term “all victims”. Does the new clause cover those victims who are working in this country but have no recourse to public funds?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Power of Secretary of State to issue guidance about domestic abuse, etc (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move amendment 55, in clause 66, page 49, line 42, after “children” insert “; (c) the support employers should provide to victims of domestic abuse, including through the provisions of paid leave.” This amendment would ensure that employers are provided with guidance about the support they should provide to victims of domestic abuse, including provision of paid leave. I...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Power of Secretary of State to issue guidance about domestic abuse, etc (16 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I thank the Minister. If anyone in this room were faced with an employee—and I have been in this situation a number of times—going through a court case, I cannot imagine that anybody, no matter whether they were working here or elsewhere, would expect that person not to be paid or even to be paid statutory sick pay for that period. However, that is the reality for the vast majority of...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Guidance about the disclosure of information by police forces (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I am indeed content. I look forward to working with the Minister to ensure that the law—it bears somebody’s name and is their legacy—truly does what Clare’s family wish it to do. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Guidance about the disclosure of information by police forces (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move amendment 52, in clause 64, page 47, line 15, at end insert— “(1A) Before issuing guidance under this section, the Secretary of State must undertake a comprehensive assessment of the contribution of the disclosure of police information to the prevention of domestic abuse, drawing on disclosures made by chief officers of police prior to this section coming into force....

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Guidance about the disclosure of information by police forces (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: The domestic violence disclosure scheme, which I will refer to from this moment forward as Clare’s law, was introduced in 2014 after Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, George Appleton. For those who are unfamiliar with the case, Clare Wood had made several complaints to the police about George Appleton before her death. Those complaints included criminal damage, harassment,...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Amendments relating to offences committed outside the UK (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I simply want to welcome specifically the terminology of “habitual resident” within the UK. The Minister and I have met a number of different families over the years who have suffered violence, and I am afraid to say that those cases we get to see usually involve murder in a different country. Where the perpetrator of the crime was back here in Britain and was not a British citizen but...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Prohibition of cross-examination in person in family proceedings (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Is one reason why Lobby journalists and other journalists did not believe it potentially because of the deep secrecy about what occurs in family courts? In the case of the Cloughs, while they were going through the court, they would have been forbidden from speaking about it.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Prohibition of cross-examination in person in family proceedings (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I welcome what the Minister is saying, but on the specific instances he is outlining of who exactly would be able to assess this, does he foresee an element of the judge’s discretion also allowing them to go to central funds where they believe enough that cross-examination would cause distress, regardless of whether there may previously have been a conviction or an order in place? As we all...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Special measures directions in cases involving domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: The Minister says that the report will be published in the coming weeks. Does he expect that we will see it prior to Report stage of the Bill, or potentially prior to Committee stage in the Lords, as he has leaned on for one particular review? I ask only because I am seeking to understand what will be given to me as I consider whether to push new clause 45 to a Division.


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