Women’s Aid welcomes political party commitments to domestic violence
Friday 10th April 2015
Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Polly Neate said:
“Women’s Aid welcomes the commitment made today by the Labour party to protect funding for 10,000 more police officers. This should mean that victims of domestic violence receive an improved response to reported incidents, but only if these officers are given regular specialist domestic violence training and have a good understanding of the issues involved. Better response times can mean the difference between life and death, if the response is appropriate.
We also welcome the proposal for a ban on community resolutions in domestic violence cases which pose serious risk to victims and minimise the offence of the perpetrator. We know from survivors’ experiences that when the perpetrator is given a simple caution they believe that they are ‘getting away with it’, it has little impact on offending behaviour and victims are not given the specialist support they need.
While Women’s Aid welcomes the proposal to create a new Commissioner to respond to victims, including those affected by domestic and sexual violence, we believe that there needs to be a Minister of State within the Cabinet Office responsible for preventing and addressing violence against women.
With an average of two women being killed by a current or former partner every week in England and Wales, it is vital that domestic violence is on the agenda for all political parties: this means making sure the police response is consistent and effective and responsibility for addressing it is at the highest level in Government.”