Women’s Aid Campaign Champions support our national campaigns on a local level, give survivors of domestic violence a voice and help to ensure that politicians and other key decision makers are listening.
How does it work?
Every campaign we run has actions for our Campaign Champions. Depending on how much time you have to give you might sign a petition, send a tweet, set up a meeting with your MP to raise awareness or secure local media coverage. We send you all the information you might need – just click below to go to our signup form.
“Campaigning has empowered me. Knowing that my voice is heard in the political sphere when I have spoken at Parliamentary events and at an APPG meeting, it’s important for me to know that my experiences will help other survivors and shape future legislation and service provision.”
– Survivor and Women’s Aid campaigner
Campaign action: Write to your MP to ensure the bill provides support and protection for migrant women
Despite powerful evidence shared by survivors and specialist organisations to the public bill committee on the experiences of migrant survivors, we are yet to see any changes to the bill. The report stage, expected early next week, is one of the last opportunities for MPs to propose and support changes to the bill. Please call on your MP to ensure the bill provides #ProtectionForAll.
- Action: write to your MP calling on them to attend the report stage debate of the domestic abuse bill and support amendments on migrant women. Template letter available here.
- Action: sign the Step Up Migrant Women campaign and Amnesty petition here.
Campaign action: Domestic abuse bill – share survivor videos with committee members
The domestic abuse bill moved on to its next stage this month (June 2020) – the public bill committee, where it is scrutinised ‘line by line’. At this stage MPs will also be able to make amendments (changes) and vote on the legislation. We are working to ensure the committee listens to evidence from survivors and specialist organisations and we need your help! Please share these survivor videos on the Bill via social media and help amplify their voices!
Campaign Action: Sign the #StepUp Migrant Women petition
We’re members of the #StepUpMigrantWomen campaign, led by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) to protect migrant women’s rights. The campaign has made clear that the domestic abuse bill leaves some of the most marginalised women behind. Show your support for their campaign to ensure the bill protects all survivors, including migrant women, by signing their petition here.
Campaigning Action: Spread the Word – Opportunities to become an Ask Me Community Ambassador
Communities are often the first to know about domestic abuse. But lack of understanding and confidence can make people afraid to talk about it. Our Ask Me projects are creating teams of Community Ambassadors to raise awareness of domestic abuse and create safe environments so that survivors feel able to speak out.
Ask Me projects are now being rolled all over the country – find out if the project is in your local area by looking at the list at the end of this email. You can contact the local coordinator to sign up to become a Community Ambassador, or to help spread the word about this exciting project!
Tools and Resources
Campaign Champion Toolkit
Campaigners and activists drive progress and make history. Our toolkit provides advice on getting started with your campaign, who to target, talking to the media, staying safe, and has lots of top tips too.
Starting a campaign can be daunting. Begin with clear actions and celebrate your successes!
Toolkit for your local MP
Women’s Aid has created a toolkit for MPs constituency offices to help them to identify and support survivors of domestic abuse that might come to them for help.
Can you post this toolkit to your local MPs office, drop some copies in or email them over? Find your local MP using this website.