Following recent coverage, we thought it would be helpful to clarify some points about our internal policy review:
“With the government proposing to consult on and review the Gender Recognition Act, like many other organisations, we are taking the opportunity to review our internal policies. We are beginning this work now, and will talk to our member organisations and survivors as part of the process. Any decisions on our internal policy will be taken once this review is completed.
“Women’s Aid is a federation, and as such it is not in our power to set the policies of the expert, independent, organisations that form our membership and run direct services for survivors. What we will do is use the outcome of the review to offer guidance to our membership on best practice.”
We previously issued a statement on our wider gender equality position:
“We want to create a society that is free from gender-based violence and where the rights to equality and diversity are realised for everyone. We are committed to ensuring that transgender people are treated with respect and equality and do not experience harassment or discrimination on the basis of their gender identity or for any other reason.
“We follow the principles of non-discrimination in our employment practice and we are continually reviewing our policies to ensure that they are inclusive and in line with the law.
“Since the government announced its intention to consult on changes to the Gender Recognition Act, Women’s Aid, along with many other women’s organisations, has begun a review of our transgender policy, which will involve a consultation of our member services, to ensure that every woman gets the specialist support she needs in her escape and recovery from domestic abuse. No decisions have been taken.”