Women’s Aid welcomes the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto commitments to survivors of domestic violence
Wednesday 15th April 2015
Women’s Aid welcomes today’s Liberal Democrat manifesto commitments on supporting survivors of domestic violence. Women’s Aid is especially pleased to see promises to improve the provision of live-saving refuge services with a national network and national sources of funding, in the wake of its campaign Save Refuges, Save Lives. This will help save lives and enable women and children fleeing domestic violence get the specialist support they need.
Women’s Aid is calling for prospective Parliamentary candidates to support their General Election pledge to See Her, Hear Her, Believe Her. This is because listening and responding to women’s needs is essential when helping domestic violence victims. The Liberal Democrat manifesto demonstrates 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 essential. We welcome the promises to protect funding for tackling violence against women and girls – vital for the promises to become a reality.
“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.”