Women’s Aid welcomes the Green and Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments to survivors of domestic violence
Women’s Aid welcomes today’s Green Party and Conservative Party manifesto commitments on supporting survivors of domestic violence and abuse. In particular, Women’s Aid is pleased to see promises to provide funding for and secure the futures of vital, live-saving refuge services, in the wake of the Save Refuges, Save Lives campaign. This will help to facilitate recovery and long-term independence for women and children when fleeing domestic violence.
Women’s Aid advocates a needs-led approach when helping domestic violence survivors, highlighted through the charity’s call for prospective parliamentary candidates to support their general election pledge to See Her, Hear Her, Believe Her. Today’s manifestos demonstrate that political parties are taking the issue of ending violence against women and girls more seriously.
Women’s Aid Chief Executive, Polly Neate, said:
“The manifesto commitments are a step forward in tackling domestic violence and abuse. With two women a week being killed by a partner or former partner in England and Wales, action is urgently needed. It is genuine progress to see political parties making this a priority – conspicuous by its absence at the 2010 general election. The gendered nature of domestic violence is recognised and relevant support systems, including life-saving refuges for women and children, are part of the plan.
“Women’s Aid will work with the new government to urge a new approach to domestic violence and abuse, based on understanding what women and children need, to achieve lasting recovery and independence.”