Women’s Aid responds to the Home Affairs Committee calls for cross-government strategy and emergency funding for frontline services
The Home Affairs Committee has released a report outlining the alarming signs of rising domestic abuse, requiring urgent government response.
The report calls for a comprehensive cross-governmental Covid-19 strategy on domestic abuse, both for lockdown and the period afterwards, this includes a strategy that combines ‘awareness, prevention, victim support, housing and a criminal justice response, backed by dedicated funding and ministerial leadership’.
Lucy Hadley, Campaigns & Policy Manager at Women’s Aid said:
“The Home Affairs Committee has concluded that without decisive action to tackle domestic abuse and protect and support survivors during Covid-19, ‘ society will be dealing with the devastating consequences for a generation.’ We welcome this important report, which backs recommendations made by Women’s Aid and other experts for coordinated government leadership and strategy, clear public communications on domestic abuse which speak to all communities and equal protection for all survivors – including those with insecure immigration status. Critically, the committee have listened to our calls for emergency funding for specialist domestic abuse services to ensure they can cope with Covid-19, and a sustainable future for the life-saving national network of refuges to ensure no survivor is turned away. As the domestic abuse bill returns to parliament tomorrow, these recommendations could not be more urgent.”