Oxford and District Labour Women: Domestic Violence Working Group

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Rose Hill Community Centre

Carole's Way

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OX4 4HF

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Oxford Labour Women invites self identifying women who are members of the Labour Party to the launch of our Domestic Violence Working Group.

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The aim of the working group is for survivors, members, activists, campaigners, experts and councillors to develop a grassroots domestic violence action plan and city wide campaign rooted in the experiences of victims and survivors.

It is estimated that almost two million adults in England and Wales are victims of domestic abuse every year, the overwhelming majority are women. At the same time, local authority spending on refuges for victims and survivors fell from £31m in 2010 to £23m in 2017.

The number of domestic violence killings has hit a five-year high, new figures show. Data obtained by the BBC from 43 police forces across the UK reveals that 173 people died in domestic violence-related homicides last year. The overwhelming majority were women.

Ministry of Justice data shows applications and orders for domestic violence remedies are at a ten-year high. Data shows from January to March 2019, there were 7,180 applications made for a domestic violence remedy order, up 15 per cent on the same quarter in 2018. This is the highest quarterly number of applications since records began in this form in 2009.

Domestic violence charities report a severe lack of services in many areas, with victims and survivors being turned away when they seek help because refuges with diminished budgets cannot cope with demand.

Black women, women of colour, disabled women, lesbian, queer, transgender, migrant and refugee women face additional barriers to receiving help and support.

The racist hostile environment is further compounding the risk to women’s lives as is Brexit, as it is almost impossible for women in violent relationships to obtain settled status rights.

Domestic violence and sexual abuse is one of the main drivers behind a huge increase in women experiencing rough sleeping and homelessness in Oxford and across the country. At the same time access to legal funding has been massively cut and restricted.

Join us at the launch of our Domestic Violence Working Group to build our campaign work and active solidarity with survivors and victims.

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Rose Hill Community Centre

Carole's Way

Oxford

OX4 4HF

United Kingdom

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