It is vitally important to ensure survivors are able to escape to safety, and access the support they need to recover from abuse. An estimated 21,084 referrals to all refuges in England were declined in 2017/18, averaging over 400 referrals declined each week. Women’s Aid wants sustainable funding for life-saving specialist support services to be at the centre of any legislation to make a real difference to survivors’ lives.
This general election offers an opportunity for all political parties to explicitly support equality for women. Women’s lives have changed significantly in the last 50 years but there is still lots of work to do. That’s why we’re backing the ‘Women’s and Girl’s Manifesto’, which calls for a system to prevent abuse and support survivors of all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
We want the next government to introduce a VAWG bill that will fully ratify the Istanbul Convention and include a comprehensive framework of equal protection and support for all survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, as well as all other forms of VAWG without discrimination on any grounds, including nation or migrant status.
Women’s Aid has spoken to survivors and services that support them, and we have brought their voices together to create a bill that works for survivors.
For more information:
- Read our briefing and joint recommendations for the second reading of the domestic abuse bill held on 2nd October 2019.
- The bill had its first reading in parliament on 16th July 2019. You can follow the journey of the bill here.
- Read our media statement in response to the bill’s publication
- Read the draft bill and consultation response
- Read the government’s research into the social and economic cost of domestic abuse
- Read our submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on Domestic Abuse.
- Watch Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, giving evidence to the committee
- See our response to the government’s consultation.
- Read our press release.
- Download Women’s Aid’s briefing on priorities for the new domestic abuse bill
- Earlier in 2019, a Joint Committee of both the Commons and the Lords scrutinising the draft domestic abuse bill. You can read the evidence Lucy Hadley, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager, gave to the Joint Committee and read Women’s Aid’s submission to their enquiry for additional evidence. The Committee’s recommendations report is available here.