Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, is supporting a new campaign launched by Women’s Aid to preserve specialist domestic violence refuges.
“It’s vital that women experiencing domestic violence have access to safe accommodation where they can escape abuse. Unfortunately increasing numbers of specialist refuges are facing closure across the country – we need to ensure these essential services are not lost.
I recently visited the call centre for the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Women’s Aid and Refuge, and saw first-hand the highly valuable work taking place to support women who are living in fear of violence and control. This needs to be backed up with a national network of refuges to enable women to flee domestic violence.”
Last month the Labour Party appointed Seema Malhotra MP as the first ever Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls, demonstrating Labour’s commitment to tackling this important issue.
More details about the Women’s Aid SOS campaign can be found here.