Women’s Aid calls on all political parties to remember domestic abuse survivors this UN day

25th November 2019

On Monday 25th November, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Women’s Aid is launching the ‘What I Lost’ campaign to tell the stories of women whose lives have been severely affected by domestic abuse and raise awareness ahead of the upcoming general election.

Throughout the UN 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, Women’s Aid will raise the voices of women who have lost their health, their dignity, their money, their friends, their job, their home, and even their children. Women’s Aid is calling on all political parties to listen to survivors of domestic abuse, deliver a law that protects and supports them, and create a sustainable funding future for specialist domestic abuse services in every community.

Women’s Aid is encouraging all voters to write to their local election candidates, asking them to put survivors first in the next parliament, and secure a sustainable funding future for specialist domestic abuse services.

Adina Claire, Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“Domestic abuse is a horrific crime that devastates the lives of millions of women every day. After the fall of the domestic abuse bill, we need new legislation that delivers the changes survivors need – most urgently in the family courts, housing and the welfare system.

We welcome commitments made by a number of political parties to take action for domestic abuse survivors, but draft legislation has already been significantly delayed. We urgently need to prioritise the needs of women and children living with domestic abuse, across society – from the family courts, to housing and the welfare system. Women have already lost so much – let’s not forget them.”

Dame Julie Walters, who is a patron of Women’s Aid, said:

“Survivors of domestic abuse lose so much, from their home to their health. Some ultimately lose their life. It’s time for politicians from all parties to hear survivors’ stories and take action. Too many local domestic abuse services are chronically underfunded – this can’t go on.

We can all do something to help this cause. Write to your local election candidates and talk to your friends and neighbours about domestic abuse – we all have the power to make a difference.”

If you are worried that your partner, or that of a friend or family member, is controlling and abusive, you can go to www.womensaid.org.uk for support and information, including Live Chat, the Survivors’ Forum, The Survivor’s Handbook and the Domestic Abuse Directory.

For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 [email protected]

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