Closed petition Give domestic violence victims the right to anonymity in court reports.

Unlike victims of sexual assault, victims of domestic violence do not have the right to have their identity protected in reports of court proceedings. This means court reports can include the victim's name or details that could identify them. Victims of domestic abuse deserve the right to privacy.

More details

No one chooses to be a victim of domestic violence, therefore no one deserves to have their identity read out in court against their will. Pressing charges for domestic violence can be a traumatic and emotional process. As a victim, the prospect of having your name and personal details reported on in court can prove to be a further barrier on the path to seeking justice. Domestic abuse victims deserve a right to privacy, which is currently unsubstantiated under current law.

This petition is closed All petitions run for 6 months

317 signatures

Show on a map


Share your views on support for victims in the justice system with the Government

The Government is asking for people's views on how victims can be better supported through and beyond the criminal justice process across England and Wales. Responses will be used to inform the proposed Victims' Bill, which the Government states will "ensure that victims are properly engaged throughout the justice system, empowering them to come forward and be confident that offenders will be brought to justice".

Read a summary of the proposals, and share your views:

The survey closes on 3 February 2022.

Who is running the consultation?

The consultation is being run by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), which is responsible for the judiciary, the court system and prisons and probation in England and Wales, with some additional UK-wide responsibilities such as the UK Supreme Court, and judicial appointments by the Crown.

Find out more about the MoJ:

Get involved in the work of the UK Parliament

You can sign up to the UK Parliament newsletter for the latest information on how to get involved and make a difference: