The facts are stark
A whole-system response to domestic abuse
Women’s Aid’s manifesto for the 2024 General Election calls for the national prioritisation of domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and for political parties to pledge their commitment to our three key pillars.
A coalition of over 70 leading organisations working to end violence against women and girls (VAWG) have signed a joint manifesto calling for a comprehensive, whole-society approach to tackling VAWG that looks beyond the criminal justice system and centres those who face the greatest barriers to support and protection.
“Domestic abuse isn’t like other issues as so many affected just can’t safely speak out and tell you, but it is everywhere and I’m telling you today lives are at risk, and women in particular need you. No matter which political party you are in, I’m asking you for your commitment today that domestic abuse is an issue you will prioritise.”
Melanie Brown MBE, Women’s Aid Patron
A whole-system response must be a priority for all political parties.
We need to see a seismic shift towards a whole-system approach that can better understand and address the needs of survivors, as well as recognise the value – to survivors and society – that specialist women’s and ‘by and for’ domestic abuse services deliver .
The pillars for change:
We are clear that the following foundations must underpin these pillars:
A gendered approach – recognising that while anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, it is disproportionately committed by men against women and is a form of VAWG .
Women’s rights are human rights – a rights-based approach, which protects and supports all women, including those facing additional forms of inequality.
A whole-system response – recognising that all government departments and the public sector – including health, social care, criminal and family justice, education, housing – need to play their part in ending domestic abuse.
Government accountability – including through the creation a dedicated ministerial lead for VAWG who attends Cabinet to drive forward action and holds all government departments, statutory agencies and local commissioners accountable for progress.