Protection: influencing policy change and speaking to the decision makers
Key lobbying activity: ‘Listening to Children’ postcard campaign
Objective: to ensure the voices of women and children are represented to government following the launch of the Children Bill in Parliament.
We involved children and young people in the planning of this campaign with the help of children’s support workers in refuges. Postcards were sent out and statements, drawings and photographs were collected to show how children and young people feel about domestic abuse and what they would like the government to do. These postcards were presented to the government and a public meeting was held in June. The campaign received excellent coverage in the media, including interest from programmes such as Newsnight and a feature in The Sun newspaper.
“Stop my dad hitting my mum right now!” (age 8 ½)
Children ultimately called on the government to stop the violence happening:
“Stop fighting because it doesn’t solve anything. Violence is horrible, mean and it makes me feel not good.” (age 10)
In their pleas for help, many children specifically asked for the government to help abusive fathers in order to protect children from further harm:
“I think you should help daddys to stop being angry. Help children in a bad situation.”(age 7)
and another pleaded,
“Make my dad stop hurting us.”(age 10)