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Direct action group protests cuts to domestic violence aid

AWARENESS: Guen Murroni attending the protest at London Bridge

SISTERS UNCUT, the direct action group, blocked bridges across the UK in a bid to demand secure funding for domestic violence services.

With over 600 women and non-binary people participating in the protests across London, Newcastle, Glasgow and Bristol, they blocked bridges, set off smoke flares and chanted “20 million is not enough!”

Speaking at the protest, Nadine, a member of Sisters Uncut said, “As domestic violence services shrink, Sisters Uncut will continue to grow. We will not stand by as black and brown survivors are left stranded in abusive homes without the bridges to safety provided by specialist domestic violence services.”

The group decided to block the bridges because “migrant women fleeing domestic violence have their ‘bridges to safety’ blocked by no recourse to public funds restrictions, which mean they cannot access refuges or benefits, and remain trapped facing life-threatening violence.” Sisters Uncut demand that this barrier is lifted and that “safety is not subject to immigration status”.

Formed in 2014, Sisters Uncut is a group created by domestic violence survivors and sector workers in 2014. Their mass movement across the UK includes groups in Doncaster, London, Newcastle and Bristol, as they defend domestic violence services from austerity cuts.

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