UK SAYS NO MORE is a national campaign to raise awareness to end domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK.
UK SAYS NO MORE seeks to unite and strengthen a diverse community of members of the public and organisations nationwide to actively take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence under one powerful, visual symbol. The campaign provides open-source tools and resources for individuals and organisations to take action and get involved in making a difference. Together we can challenge the myths and misconceptions around these issues, share resources and information, and ultimately work together to make real positive change.
Launching during UK SAYS NO MORE WEEK 2018 (May 21-27), our theme is #WhatICanDo, because each one of us can play a significant role in preventing domestic and sexual violence, promoting equality and respect in our communities, schools, universities and workplaces. Find out what went on in our UK SAYS NO MORE WEEK review blog.
Domestic Abuse Bill Updates
16th July 2019
Following commitment from the Prime Minister, the Domestic Abuse Bill was introduced today in Parliament by the Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, Victoria Atkins MP, who has been highly active throughout the Bill’s life cycle. A result of extensive cross party scrutiny and public consultation, including evidence from Lyndsey Dearlove, Head of UK SAYS NO MORE, the Bill is considered to be monumental in changing the lives of victims and bringing perpetrators to account with the understanding of coercive control at it’s heart. Whilst we recognise how we have come, we understand that there is more work to be done to ensure that no-one gets left behind.
- The Bill will undergo 5 stages both in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. As the Domestic Abuse Bill was brought to the House of Commons, it will start in the House of Commons first.
- First Stage: First reading in the House of Commons which does not include a debate. The Bill is published as a paper in the House of Commons for the first time
- Second Stage: Second reading involves a debate and is the first opportunity for MPs to discuss the main elements of the Bill
- Third Stage: Committee Stage where the Bill is examined in detail, line by line
- Fourth Stage: Report Stage, giving the whole House the opportunity to discuss and consider further amendments to the Bill
- Fifth Stage: Third reading, taking place straight after the Report Stage and is the final opportunity to debate the Bill. The Bill then goes to the House of Lords.
- The Bill will repeat a similar pattern to the stage above but in the House of Lords
- After the Bill has passed through both Houses it will undergo a Consideration of Amendments where the Bill goes back to the Commons to consider the Lord’s changes to the Bill, if any. The Bill will then bounce between the two houses until there is consensus.
- After the Bill has passed through all stages both in the Commons and in the Lords, the Bill must then have Royal Assent before it becomes an Act of Parliament
See the guide to how a bill becomes law
17th June 2019
Education secretary Damian Hinds announced his proposed amendments to the school admissions code that would ensure that children fleeing domestic abuse have faster access to school places. UK SAYS NO MORE welcomes this announcement following research by UK SAYS NO MORE, Hestia and Pro Bono Economics. The report reveals the personal cost of childhood exposure to domestic violence, including the difficulties of escaping violence and admitting children into schools in their new area. The announcement has been encouraging and we sincerely hope MP Hinds allocates support and funding to guarantee children’s access to vital services in order to break the cycle of abuse.
On a further note, our submitted recommendations to the pre-legislative committee for the Domestic Abuse Bill have been acknowledged through the identification of children as ‘victims’ of domestic abuse. This would further guarantee compliance with the Istanbul Convention clarifying that children may be victims of domestic abuse rather than mere witnesses. The recommendation will also be considered in the definition of harm in the Children’s Act. We eagerly welcome these recommendations and hope that the government will translate this into legislation.
Theresa May has committed to delivering the domestic abuse bill before she leaves office. This is promising news for survivors of domestic abuse and for those who have been campaigning this year to improve legislation. The Bill is expected to be introduced to the Commons on the 16 July.
Read the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill here.
Read the full Home Affairs Committee report here.
As part of our University Training Programme, we developed and delivered training to over 130 young men and boys in 2016 and in 2018-2019 are set to develop this further with more universities. 4 of our inspiring Student Ambassadors took part in a series of videos where they talk about their own reasons for joining the campaign and why it matters that they talk about domestic abuse and sexual violence.
We’re proud to partner with Uber and share this new educational video about preventing sexual violence, as part of their ongoing commitment to drive change.
NO MORE excuses
To launch UK SAYS NO MORE, we created a series of PSA videos and print ads featuring celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Alison Steadman, Andy Serkis and Kanya King.
We also created 2 print ad campaigns, one featuring the above celebrities, and the second featuring our NFL Ambassadors, NFL players and staff. In 2016 we delivered awareness training around domestic violence and sexual assault to over 130 young men aged 13-24 at Royal Holloway University, whereby Peer Ambassadors were trained to continue the training to their peers.
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