Women’s Aid responds to the government’s strategy to end violence against women and girls
Thursday 7th March 2019
On Wednesday 6th March, the government published its strategy to end violence against women and girls: 2016 to 2020. Read the new strategy online here. Women’s Aid responds to the strategy.
Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Women’s Aid, said:
“Domestic abuse costs lives and it costs money. While we welcome the government putting a spotlight on the issue of violence against women and girls (VAWG) by bringing forth its domestic abuse bill and VAWG strategy, we are still turning away 400 women and their children from refuge services every week. Without a long term plan in place for how to fund these life-saving services, the government’s ambitions to transform the national response to domestic abuse will fall short. That’s why we urge the government to continue to work with us to develop a sustainable and long-term funding future of all domestic abuse support services, including services for black and minoritised, disabled, LBT and older women who currently struggle to access support that can meet their specific needs. By investing just a fraction of the £66 billion domestic abuse costs us every year in welfare support and specialist services, we can help more survivors safely escape and get the support they need to rebuild their lives free from fear and abuse.
“It is important that the government continues to recognise and prioritise all forms of violence against women and girls. We have been deeply concerned about the handling of rape and serious sexual assault cases by the police and CPS given the shocking fall in prosecutions and convictions in recent years. We welcome the government’s commitment to review how the criminal justice system is handling rape and serious sexual assault cases. It is clear that the system needs to be urgently improved to ensure that survivors can have confidence that they will be listened to, believed and supported by the criminal justice system and that perpetrators are held to account for their crimes.”
For information or support, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]