Women’s Aid responds to UN report on Violence Against Women and Girls
Sunday 14th June 2015
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We ask the government to listen to the findings of the UN domestic violence report and take action to address areas of concern urgently. Women’s Aid has been campaigning to make sex and relationship education compulsory, to teach young people about healthy relationships, and reduce domestic violence in the long-term.
“We also need immediate action to save specialist domestic violence services, including those for BAMER and disabled women, who have faced devastating cuts resulting in reduced services and closures. While the Home Secretary has set out important commitments with regard to domestic violence at national level, we need to see this happening at local level, and soon.
“The £10 million fund from government at the end of last year was a massive help to desperate services about to close their doors, but now we need a long-term sustainable funding solution for refuges and other specialist services. Through our Save Our Services campaign we know only too well that it can take years to establish domestic violence services – but only months to see them decimated. We need action and we need it now to save specialist lifesaving services and to reduce domestic violence in the future.”