We think there are a few simple steps the Labour Party could take to better support victims of domestic and sexual abuse, harassment and discrimination to come forward as well as to make a real shift in the culture of the Party:
1) Labour must introduce a fully independent complaints process, including panels made up of people who have no clear link to the Party and who will act to uphold the integrity of the process, rather than to protect individuals concerned, or the party itself.
2) Compulsory face-to-face training for all party staff, elected Labour representatives and key elected officials in local Constituency Labour Parties.
3) A comprehensive set of policies covering bullying and harassment, sexual harassment, domestic abuse, abuse, assault and sexual assault, including clear protections against victimisation for those reporting incidents, in line with the Equality Act.
4) A confidentiality policy which requires members not to share confidential information they become aware of as part of the complaints process.
5) Mandatory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks for those seeking selection as candidates, both at a national and a local level.