SCYJ has responded to the Home Office consultation, Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse.
SCYJ has concerns around the measures proposed in the consultation insofar as they impact on children (16- and 17-year-old) alleged and convicted perpetrators of domestic violence:
- Many child perpetrators of domestic abuse and children in the criminal justice system more widely face multiple vulnerabilities, with many being victims of domestic abuse themselves, either directly or indirectly. The proposals in the document do not address this.
- The consultation pays no attention to the fact that 16- and 17-year-olds are children and must be treated differently to adults, with specific child-focussed responses.
- The consultation pays very little attention to how children who are victims of abuse can be better supported, even when they go on to become alleged or actual perpetrators of abuse.
- The proposals contained in the consultation may make it more likely that children will be caught and penalised as perpetrators of domestic abuse, increasing the criminalisation of children.
You can read our full submission here.