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domestic violence, sexual assault, Wales, 2014 law, inquiryCommittee invite you to submit written evidence to assist with inquiry.

‘Is the approach to tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence improving?’

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (the Committee) is undertaking 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 (CELG) 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 CELG Committee reported on the Bill in November 2014.

The Committee will now be looking at progress made in the implementation of the Act’s provisions and its impact to date.

In particular, the Committee will be considering:

To what extent the approach to tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence is improving as a result of the obligations in the Act;

What are the most effective methods of capturing the views and experiences of survivors?

Are arrangements in place to capture these experiences, and to what extent is this information being used to help inform the implementation of the Act’s provisions;

Whether survivors of abuse are beginning to experience better responses from public authorities as a result of the Act, particularly those needing specialist services;

Whether the National Adviser has sufficient power and independence from the Welsh Government to ensure implementation of the Act; and

To what extent the good practice guide to healthy relationships is successfully influencing the development of a whole school approach to challenging violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The Committee invites you to submit written evidence to assist with the inquiry.

The Committee welcomes responses in Welsh or English from both individuals and organisations.

Submissions should be no longer than five sides of A4, with numbered paragraphs, and should focus on matters set out above.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Please send your views to Senedd Communities at assembly.wales by 16 September 2016. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

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