Letter to the Editor on the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill
Monday 12th March 2018
Women’s Aid and a number of other leading women’s organisations joined together to write a letter in response to the Government’s consultation on the Domestic Abuse Bill which was published in the Daily Telegraph.
Read the letter in full below.
The Government consultation on a new Domestic Abuse Bill in England and Wales offers a significant opportunity to improve our response to domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women, by identifying and helping more survivors, and ensuring that perpetrators are dealt with in an effective and efficient way. We need to bring domestic abuse out from behind closed doors and make it everybody’s business, from the police, to health professionals, social care and local communities. To do this, the Bill and supporting work must go wider than criminal justice measures alone and truly reflect the needs of all women, including migrant women and women with complex needs. The links between different forms of men’s violence against women and girls and other inequalities must be recognised if all survivors are to be supported.
We hope that the new legislation and awareness will mean that more survivors of domestic abuse feel able to come forward and seek help. More women and children coming forward means that it is more important now than ever to have guaranteed funding and resources for specialist domestic abuse services, including a sustainable model of funding for women’s domestic abuse refuges and specialist services for minority and other marginalised women. Domestic abuse refuges and services offer a place of safety and support for the many women and children who cannot safely stay at home and are frightened for their lives.
We, the undersigned, are committed to working alongside the Government to make this Bill as effective and practical as possible for the hundreds of thousands of women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director, Agenda
Sharminder Ubhi, Director, Ashiana Network
Donna Covey CBE, Director, AVA Project
Gudrun Burnet, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance Co-Founder
Rosie Ferguson, CEO, Gingerbread
Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, Fatherhood Institute
Suzanne Jacob, Chief Executive, SafeLives
Mary Mason, Chief Executive, Solace Women’s Aid
Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters
Nicole Jacobs, CEO, Standing Together
Diana Fawcett, Chief Officer, Victim Support
Eleri Butler , Chief Executive, Welsh Women’s Aid
Jan Melia, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid Northern Ireland
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office on: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected].