During the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill yesterday MP Rosie Duffield gave a brave and powerful account of her own experience as a survivor of domestic abuse. Her story serves as a reminder that domestic abuse knows no boundaries and can affect people from all walks of life, backgrounds, professions and cultures.
In her moving speech, Rosie Duffield MP said
“Often we see the same images and stereotypes on TV. Housing estates, working-class families, drunk men coming home from the pub. Women surrounded by children and a sequence of shouting followed by immediate physical violence or assault.Rosie Duffield MP
“But the soap opera scene only tends to focus on one or two aspects of a much bigger and more complex picture.
“Domestic violence has many faces and the faces of those who survive it are varied too. Sometimes there are no bruises. Abuse is very often all about control and power. It’s about making themselves feel big or biggest.”
Rosie went on to tell the story of her harrowing personal experience in support of the Domestic Abuse Bill.
A Spokesperson for Safespots said
” At Safespots we see women from all backgrounds including directors of companies, refugees and full time Mums. Anyone can find themselves in an abusive relationship and Rosie’s speech bravely highlighted that”.
Meanwhile, Former prime minister Theresa May used her first speech in the Commons since leaving number 10 to highlight the importance of domestic abuse policies. She described a new Bill about domestic abuse as a “landmark” piece of legislation. Mrs May added that she was pleased that her first Parliamentary speech since leaving Downing Street was on the topic of domestic abuse.
The new legislation has been heralded as a “once in a generation” opportunity to help victims and was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Tuesday 16 July 2019.
- Domestic abuse remains one of the most prevalent crimes in England and Wales. An estimated two million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2018, two-thirds of whom were women.
- The purpose of the Bill is raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact on victims.
- It aims to improve the effectiveness of the justice system in providing protection for victims of domestic abuse and bringing perpetrators to justice.
- It seeks to strengthen the support for victims of abuse provided by other statutory agencies.
However domestic abuse campaigners and grass roots organisations have said that the Bill needs to go further and be accompanied by increased funding for services after local authority funding for refuge services was cut from £31.2m in 2010 to £23.9m by 2018.