For Eystna: Harlow MP Halfon hosts domestic abuse event at House of Commons

News / Mon 21st Sep 2015 at 11:22am

ON the 16th September, Robert Halfon MP hosted an event in Parliament organised by the Citizens Advice Bureau, where they launched a report on awareness and statistics.

The full report can be read here:


Robert Halfon MP sayid:

‘I was very pleased to host the Citizen Advice Bureau’s event on Domestic Violence awareness in Parliament yesterday evening. This event was particularly close to my heart as domestic abuse accounts for 10% of all crimes committed in Harlow, and I believe everyone in our community has a responsibility to prevent this from happening.

The report published by the Citizen Advice in August highlights the importance to improve communication as many abuse victims are never asked if they need help. It also calls on family and friends to report abuse to the local authority as many are afraid to misreport incidents.

At the event I gave a speech, in which I stress this important that friends and family have when it comes to identifying domestic abuse as well as the work that the Government, which has been working hard to reduce domestic violence since 2010.

In March 2014, the Home Secretary announced the national roll-out of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, which is designed to provide victims with information that may protect them from an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy. Additionally, during the course of this Parliament we have already provided stable funding of £40 million between 2011 and 2015 to provide a critical bedrock of support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

I was also honoured to welcome Kevin Blunnie and his family; Kevin was the father of Eystna, who was domestically abused and killed by her fiancé while pregnant with her daughter Rose in Harlow in 2012. Safer Places was also at the event, and I must commend them on all of the work they have done to help domestic abuse victims in Harlow.’

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