I spoke on Radio 5 Live last week (available here) about domestic violence in the UK – a problem which is still under-reported and relatively hidden. Statistics show the limitations of our criminal justice system when it comes to protecting women and preventing further abuse. Two women a week in the UK are murdered by a partner or ex-partner and often we find that victims of domestic murder had already been in contact with key agencies and that opportunities to intervene to prevent abuse were missed.
The Tory government has consistently cut funding available for women’s refuges and much needed specialist support is also being lost. Some parts of the country now have no provision at all. This is why the Labour Party have said that we will set up a national refuge fund and introduce new, robust standards for police and support services to keep all women safe.
In the EU, I strongly support further legislation to combat and prevent domestic violence and will continue to work with colleagues to ensure that we have the strongest possible policies in place.
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