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 the Minister about the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy
The government, without any prior consultation, has decided to create a domestic abuse strategy separate to the Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy; and recently launched a ‘Call for Evidence’ for the new VAWG strategy. Women’s Aid and many other VAWG sector partners are highly concerned about this plan. We believe this move has no sound basis in evidence and will set back women’s rights. For background and information about these concerns, read this statement written by Southall Black Sisters, LAWRs, Angelou Centre and Safety4Sisters and take action:
- Action: Southall Black Sisters have drafted a template email which you can send to the Minister asking them to reconsider the Government’s approach – [email protected] and [email protected];
- You can also write to you MP to ask them to ask a question in Parliament. You can find your MP and their contact details here.
Campaign action: sign our Child First: Safe Child Contact Saves Lives petition
We are calling for the domestic abuse bill, currently progressing through the House of Lords, to make clear that the family courts must put children’s safety – not parental involvement – at the heart of any decisions they make about contact in domestic abuse cases. This simple change could help save lives.
Six years since Jack and Paul tragically lost their lives, please help Claire and Women’s Aid ensure that there are no further avoidable child deaths as a result of unsafe child contact with a perpetrator of domestic abuse.
Campaign action: Share our open letter to the home secretary
Last month a number of organisations working to end violence against women and girls (VAWG), including Women’s Aid, were approached by the Counter Terrorism HQ of the Metropolitan Police, on behalf the Home Office, to discuss links between domestic abuse, terrorism and the Prevent agenda. Why are the government focusing on linking their counter-terrorism agenda to tackling domestic abuse – which is driven by inequality between men and women in society and affects women across all across ages, classes, race and ethnic groups?
Women’s safety has long been ‘co-opted’ by the state to justify racist action, whilst the root causes of VAWG (women’s inequality) go unchallenged. We are deeply concerned about an approach which aims to give the government’s counter terrorism strategy legitimacy by focusing on ‘safeguarding’ and tackling domestic abuse. Prevent has had extremely harmful impacts on civil liberties, increased the surveillance and over-policing of black and minoritised communities, and fuelled prejudice and racism.
To read more about why we reject this agenda please read our open letter to the Home Secretary. We hope you will stand with us in solidarity with our sister organisations, and help us make a stand against this harmful approach
Campaign action: Sign the #TheCourtSaid petition
#TheCourtSaid campaign saw a significant win, alongside our #ChildFirst campaign, in our fight to ensure a safer and fairer family court system – with the publication of the MoJ family court review last month. There is still a great deal of work and campaigning to do to ensure the review recommendations are implemented for those women who will go through the system in the future. However, #TheCourtSaid are also fighting to ensure justice for those survivors who have already been through the system. Their petition calls ‘upon the government to immediately review all cases that have gone before the proposed reforms, and the ones that will suffer during the transition to reform’.
- Action: You can sign the petition here.
Campaign action: Sign the petition and ask that the home secretary to grant Jasmine and her family refugee status to protect her from the risk of FGM.
Many of you may have seen Jasmine’s* story in the news this month – a 11 year old girl, who was deemed at high risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) by judges if removed from Britain. Despite these concerns, the government have pursued a costly legal challenge around the family court’s role in assessing the risks to Jasmine. Violence against women and girls can take many forms, and we support calls upon the government to grant Jasmine and her family refugee status in the UK to ensure she can live safely without risk of FGM.
*not her real name.
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.