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Dawn Butler MP shows her support for women and girls

SUPPORT: Dawn Butler MP (centre)

DAWN BUTLER MP is today (Nov 25) supporting the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, on a date which has been marked as a day against violence
since 1981.

In the UK on average, two women are killed by their current partner or a former partner every week. An estimated 1.3 million women have also experienced domestic abuse in the last year, while around 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.

Dawn Butler, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, said: “Today marks the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and I am proud to join millions of activists here and around the world campaigning to end the terrible epidemic of gender-based violence.

"Shockingly, in the UK on average two women are killed every week by a current or former partner and worldwide, 119 women are killed every day by a partner or family member. This is the reality for women and girls around the world that shames us all.

"But violence against women and girls is not inevitable. We must challenge deep-rooted social norms and attitudes that lead to gender-based violence, making it clear that violence in all its forms has no place in society. Evidence shows that investing in women’s rights organisations is crucial to the prevention of gender based violence worldwide.

"We know that support is essential and victims of violence need the right protection and the right support at the right time. Women’s refuges are a lifeline and it is frankly unacceptable that specialist women’s refuges are facing closure and that on a typical day, 155 women are turned away due to a lack of space.

"The government’s proposed supported housing funding reforms threatens the very existence of women’s refuges. The government must now change course and develop a sustainable form of funding so that no more refuges will close or have to turn away those at risk.

No woman or girl deserves to live a life of fear and today gives us the chance to speak out, sending the message loud and clear that enough is enough. ”

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