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Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has welcomed Labour’s £3m pledge to back women’s refuges under threat of closure, following Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper’s call for urgent change as part of this year’s 16 days of action against violence against women. This follows research from Women’s Aid, which estimates that 155 women and 103 children are turned away from refuge every day. Many are using their reserve funding to stay open and some areas now have no refuge accommodation at all. Ms Brothers said:
“Domestic and sexual violence in Britain is little short of a national scandal. Two women a week are still killed by their partner or an ex-partner. At least 750,000 children a year are witnessing violence in their own home. Yet, I am concerned that the national network of refuges is starting to crumble before our eyes.
“Britain was one of the first countries to pioneer safe houses for those fleeing violence. Women can be at greatest risk when they make the brave decision to leave. Refuges provide a vital safe-haven with expert support to help families get back on their feet and start rebuilding their lives. It is vital that victims in Sutton and Cheam know that services are there for them.
“Labour will make £3 Million available to support refuges through a new national fund. This is our starting point to strengthen support for women and their families who are subject to domestic violence.
The 16 Days Campaign is an annual international campaign aimed at raising awareness about gender-based violence. It runs from 25 November, UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.






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