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Suzy Stride joins calls to save specialist refuges

Politics / Wed 1st Oct 2014 am31 11:55am

Suzy Stride and refuges
The campaign, spearheaded by campaign group Womens Aid aims to protect “specialist refuges” which are under threat of closure.

Specialist refuges are services which are designed to meet the needs specifically of women domestic violence survivors and their children. The specialist and woman-only nature of services ensures that women and children feel safe, secure and supported and removes any barriers to them finding a safe place when they are escaping domestic violence. Specialist refuges help women and children escape, cope and rebuild their lives after domestic violence.

Specialist provision for children and young people from refuge staff is vital as it allows them to have their health and educational needs addressed individually. Children and young people can also explore the impact of the abuse they have experienced in an understanding environment, which can minimise long term negative cognitive, behavioural and emotional effects, enabling them to reach their potential.

An Early Day Motion has been started in the House of Commons calling on MPs to to support the campaign by meeting with their local specialist refuge, signing the women’s aid petition and supporting the protection of funding for the national network of life-saving refuges.

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Harlow Suzy Stride said;

“There is a growing crisis in specialist domestic violence refuges and we have to act now to draw attention to this. Its vital that women who need a safe place when fleeing domestic violence have access to a specialist refuge. We’ve seen a decrease in refuge services over the last few years and a shortfall in refuge bedspace of approximately 30%. I’m urging other Harlow residents to join me in signing the petition and increase the pressure to save specialist refuges”.

The petition is available to sign at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/sos-save-refuges-save-lives

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