Tweet or email House of Lords peers to change the law for survivor anonymity

Posted December, 2020

The Domestic Abuse Bill is being reviewed now in the House of Lords - and we need your support tweeting and emailing peers.

The Domestic Abuse Bill has reached the House of Lords - and we need your help to get survivor anonymity widely supported. Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb is raising this amendment in the House of Lords at Committee Stage, but we still need to persuade other peers to support it.

How you can help

Here are a few points you may like to make or add based on arguments made against our amendment in the Houses of Parliament. (Personalising yours will make it more impactful):

  • Domestic abuse survivors are less likely to report abuse if their name is going to appear in the press as a result. This is the same exceptional circumstances that bought sexual abuse survivor anonymity into law.

  • Currently, requests can be made to judges to order a survivor’s name be kept anonymous. But there is concrete evidence from domestic abuse survivors that a judge’s discretion is not enough – as their names are still being published in the press. Women’s safety is being put at risk.

  • Withholding a survivor's name in a story about domestic abuse does not damage the story’s newsworthiness, public interest or press freedom. It only increases survivor safety and dignity.

Please let us know of any emailed responses you receive by emailing [email protected]

Thank you so much for your tireless and unwavering support of this campaign. We still have a chance to change the law to protect survivors - let's do this.

* We've specifically selected peers for you to email and/or tweet based on their background when it comes speaking out against domestic abuse, supporting changes that benefit survivors, as well as some who are selected by locality and human rights records.

** If you have web-based email you can copy and paste peers' email addresses from the PDF here