Women’s Aid responds to the launch of the government’s consultation, ‘Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004’
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Today, the government has launched its consultation, ‘Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004’. You can access the government’s consultation online here.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We welcome the government’s consultation on the Gender Recognition Act and the opportunity this provides for clarity and an open dialogue in which all voices are heard. As a national domestic abuse charity, we want to ensure that any changes to the law have survivors’ escape and recovery from domestic abuse at its heart. We recognise that transgender people experience gender-based violence, the root causes of which are systemic gender inequality and patriarchy, and that transgender people face additional barriers in accessing the specialist support they need. We will be sharing our expertise, and insight from our members who run domestic abuse services including refuges around the country, to engage with the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act. Any changes to the law should further the dignity of transgender people. We welcome the government’s clarification that it will not make changes to the Equality Act 2010, which enables organisations to continue to provide single-sex services.
“Women-only spaces provide a physically and emotionally safe environment that is vital to survivors’ safety and recovery after experiencing domestic and sexual abuse. Women’s Aid member services assess every survivor, including trans women, on a case by case basis in order to best respond to their needs. Our member services tell us that they are already supporting trans women in accordance with the Equality Act in refuges and community-based services and will continue to do so.”
If you are worried about your relationship or that of a friend or family member, 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]