Blackman voted against commissioning domestic abuse services

bb4Harrow East MP Bob Blackman (photo) voted against commissioning specialist domestic abuse services for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Tory majority at the Commons voted down to add the commissioning clause to the Domestic Abuse bill on 6 July.
This new clause would have established a statutory duty on relevant public authorities to commission specialist support and services to all persons affected by domestic abuse, including refuge and community-based services; specialist services for groups with protected characteristics; services for children and young people; services for perpetrators.
The services were to include counselling and other support, advocacy services, access to welfare benefits, perpetrator programmes, financial support, legal services and helplines.
The clause was to legislate that it is the duty of relevant public authorities in England and non-devolved relevant public authorities in Wales in the exercise of their functions to commission sufficient specialist services for all persons affected by domestic abuse regardless of status.
The clause would have ensured compliance with the duty where public authorities must regularly assess population and support needs changes in their area as well as take account of any strategy to end violence against women and girls adopted by a Minister of the Crown and to co-operate to discharge the duty.