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
#DeserveToBeHeard: The impact of domestic abuse on mental health
Campaigning Action: Sign up to our new campaign
We need your support to highlight the devastating impact of domestic abuse on women’s mental health because survivors #DeserveToBeHeard. Add your voice to the call by signing up to become a #DeserveToBeHeard campaigner today! Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a monthly newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with the latest campaign news, sharing useful resources, and supporting you to take action.
Implement the urgent changes recommended for the family courts now!
Campaigning Action: Write to your MP
25th June 2021 marks one year since the Ministry of Justice published the ‘Harm Panel’ report, which highlighted systemic problems within the family court’s response to domestic abuse and it made a number of recommendations for change. But progress is far too slow. The majority of the report’s recommendations remain unimplemented and there is no timetable for when they might be actioned. Survivors continue to face shockingly outdated understandings of the dynamics of domestic abuse, victim-blaming attitudes and poor decision making in the family courts.
Action: Write to your MP to raise awareness about the slow progress in implementing the Harm Panel recommendations and urge them to hold the government to account.
Use our template letter – This letter is a guide, remember to add your own voice and tailor it.
Read more about our One Year On event here.
Campaign action: Women’s Aid’s SOS campaign – require local authorities to fund specific domestic abuse services for women
There is a worrying increase in ‘gender-neutral’ funding and commissioning which is harming women and the services they need. This trend ignores the fact that the vast majority of victims who are seriously injured, or killed, by a partner or ex-partner, are women; and fails to deliver specialist support which has the necessary gendered and intersectional understanding that can meet the needs of survivors. ‘Gender neutral’ approaches are in practice de-funding live-saving women’s services; and undoing decades of critical work to challenge the inequality that drives domestic abuse.
Action: Sign our petition
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: 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.
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.