The British government has named Nicole Jacobs, former chief executive officer of the Standing Together Against Domestic Violence charity, as the country’s first Domestic Abuse Commissioner.
She is officially designated in the role until the independent commissioner’s office is placed on a statutory footing, the Home Office said.
Jacobs has more than two decades of experience working to reduce domestic abuse as a frontline practitioner, in senior operational and management roles, and as a trainer and strategic leader.
She has written opinion pieces in sector journals and was a founding member of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, which has pushed housing providers to make the matter a priority in their business plans.
As Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Jacobs is tasked to take the lead on driving improvements in responses to the problem in the UK, championing victims, and making recommendations on what more should be done to better protect victims and bring more offenders to justice.