Labour tackling domestic violence

The Labour government has published a cross-government strategy on tackling violence against women and girls.

The ‘Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls’ strategy sets out a range of measures to tackle the unacceptable fact that a million women suffer from domestic violence each year. More than £13 million of funding will help support victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Measure include a four-fold increase in Family Intervention Projects to support 10,000 families a year, the development of a dedicated stalking and harassment helpline, an online directory of the help available and the piloting of Domestic Violence Protection Orders – or ‘Go’ orders – to exclude perpetrators from their homes and give victims space to apply for longer-term protection.

From 2011, preventing violence in relationships will be included in personal, social, health and economic education. Additionally, in the new year, an awareness-raising campaign aimed at tackling violence in teenagers’ relationships.

Harriet Harman, Labour’s Minister for Women and Equality said:

“Tackling violence against women and girls is one of the Government’s top priorities. Since 1997 we’ve introduced specialist domestic violence courts; given more money for rape crisis centres; and toughened the law. This has contributed to a 64 per cent decrease in incidents of domestic violence, and a 50 per cent increase in rape convictions over the last ten years.

“But there is more to do, and it’s vital that we have a co-ordinated cross-government approach to combating all forms of violence against women and girls. The ‘Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls’ strategy provides this, and its focus on prevention is critical to long-term change.”

News from The Labour Party website:http://www.labour.org.uk/tackling-domestic-violence,2009-11-25

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