Update: RISE's survivor anonymity amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

Posted June, 2020

RISE has an update to share about the progress of the survivor anonymity campaign with regards to the anonymity amendment that was tabled to the Domestic Abuse Bill at committee stage.

Yesterday we were disappointed to hear that RISE's survivor anonymity amendment was taken no further by the Domestic Abuse Bill committee at this stage. Firstly, we would like to reassure our supporters that the fight is not over - and that there is an opportunity at reporting stage to reintroduce the amendment to protect DV survivor anonymity in the press.

We felt that the arguments made to the contrary were insufficient and needed some explanation, so in response we have tweeted a thread which questions the arguments made by Alex Chalk MP for not taking the amendment forward.

We would encourage our supporters to read the thread on Twitter here - and make their own comments on it, as well as retweeting the questions we have asked. Doing so will raise awareness of the short comings of the arguments used to not take the amendment forward, as well as our responses to each of them. It will also hopefully encourage Alex Chalk MP to answer RISE's response questions.

We would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to Brighton Pavilion's Caroline Lucas MP for tabling the amendment, Hove's Peter Kyle MP for speaking on the amendment in the committee meeting (we so lucky to have such supportive local MPs) and Christine Jardine MP for supporting the amendment verbally, citing her experience in journalism to support it. Also thank you to Jess Phillips MP for putting her name against the amendment.

Please stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and if you wish to receive email updates about the campaign then please sign the petition and ensure you tick 'YES' for opting in to further contact for updates. We still need as many signatures as possible to strengthen the call for DV survivor anonymity to be enshrined in law - so please keep sharing the petition. For queries, please contact [email protected].

Finally, a big thank you to all of our supporters so far for continuing to support the campaign in every way you can - the battle is not over and together we can still make this happen!