Re-visiting the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 A National Assembly for wales QUICK-READ
What does the Committee want to find out?
To carry out its work, the Committee want to hear your views on the following issues:
- to what extent the approach to tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence is improving as a result of the obligations in the Act?
- whether survivors of abuse are beginning to experience better responses from public authorities as a result of the Act, particularly those needing specialist services?
- what are the most effective methods of capturing the views and experiences of survivors? Are arrangements in place to capture these experiences, and to what extent is this information being used to help inform the implementation of the Act?
- whether the National Adviser has sufficient power and independence from the Welsh Government to ensure implementation of the Act?; and
- to what extent the good practice guide to healthy relationships is successfully influencing the development of a whole school approach to challenging violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence?
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What is post-legislative scrutiny?
Lots of people think that once a proposed law is passed, there is no need to look at it again – it simply becomes law. However, post-legislative scrutiny or the ability to re-examine laws is an important mechanism which allows the Assembly and the Committee:
- to see whether the Act is working as intended;
- to identify any issues around implementation (or fulfilling the objectives of the Act) and how effective it is; and
- to pin point best practice so that lessons can be learnt from what it (and what isn’t) working well.