Policy work

We are currently funded by the Three Guineas Trust 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.

Nationality and Borders Bill becomes law – April 2022: Stay Safe East has opposed the Nationality and Borders Bill since it was first presented to Parliament, and is devastated to see that it has been passed to become law. We are highly concerned that this law may have a disproportionate impact on disabled asylum seekers, who often have fewer options open to them than others and may face insurmountable barriers to coming to the UK by ‘legitimate means’. This is demonstrated by the case outlined in this article (28th April 2022). We will continue to work with our sister organisations to support disabled asylum seekers and refugees and to prevent the abuse of their rights.

Stay Safe East response to the Victims’ Bill (February 2022)

Health and Care Bill (October 2021): The Government has set out new measures to promote and enable collaboration in health and care. Stay Safe East recently published a policy briefing on the Health and Care Bill. Read it here.

Stay Safe East statement on the Government’s new Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy and National Disability Strategy

Stay Safe East statement on the Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges (June 2021)

Ofsted was asked by the government to conduct a review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. Click here for our statement on the review.

Stay Safe East response to the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (June 2021): Click here

Stay Safe East response to the Women’s Health Strategy (June 2021): Click here

Stay Safe East response to consultation on New Plan for Immigration (May 2021):

Stay Safe East strongly oppose the New Plan for Immigration. We believe key proposals are not only divisive and will have a disproportionate impact on disabled people but also not consistent with the international Refugee Convention and Protocol, nor with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other human rights legislation. Click here for our full response.

Reforming the Mental Health Act Consultation (April 2021): Read our response here

Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2021-2024

Read our response to the Home Office Call for Evidence on the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2021-2024 (March 2021)

Domestic Abuse Bill / Act

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

Stay Safe East response to Law Commission Consultation on Hate Crime Laws (January 2021):

Stay Safe East responded to the Law Commission Consultation on Hate Crime Laws in January 2021. Click here for our response and PowerPoint presentation.

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.

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.

In January 2021, we gave a presentation at the Women’s Aid Winter Conference on Exploring the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled survivors and the staff who support them.

Advisory Group

The Stay Safe East Disability and Domestic Abuse Advisory Group was set up in July 2019 and meets every month. Group members include policymakers, frontline workers, academics and survivors, bringing their expertise and knowledge to discuss violence against Deaf and disabled people and how we can meet the needs of disabled survivors. Further details can be found in our policy report below.

Stay Safe East report on policy and change work 2020

Click here to read our report on policy and change work, originally written for The Three Guineas Trust (November 2020). This outlines in more detail the work we have been doing over the past year.

The Decriminalisation of Rape: Why the justice system is failing rape survivors and what needs to change (November 2020)

We recently gave our input on a report by the Centre for Women’s Justice, End Violence Against Women coalition, Imkaan, and Rape Crisis England & Wales in response to the England & Wales Government’s ‘End to End’ Review of the Criminal Justice System’s Response to Rape.

Click here for the large print version of the report.

London Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations Hate Crime Partnership: Response to the Online Harms White Paper (June 2019)

Presentation for Safe as Houses Conference October 2019: Housing Rights of Disabled Women Survivors