Domestic violence against women and children has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, but charities are struggling to meet the growing need for help after years of underfunding.
The government says that it wants to protect women and girls with the Domestic Abuse Bill, but they are still not making enough funds available for charities to be able to provide the help needed.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, it is the most vulnerable women who have been worst affected.
Less access to smartphones and language barriers means that migrant and BAME women can find it far more difficult to get the information that they need, with coronavirus forcing in-person services to close.
Despite this, the government hasn’t dedicated any funds for domestic abuse organisations led for and by marginalised groups.
It’s every government’s first responsibility to protect those in greatest need. The UK government is failing.
It’s time to properly fund vital services that help women and children escape dangerous situations and rebuild their lives.
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