Today I held a roundtable with domestic violence charities to discuss the experiences of those working in this important sector and to highlight the impact of lockdown.
By bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, including Safe Lives, Behind Closed Doors, Well Women Centre Wakefield, Leeds Women's Aid, Man Kind, IDAS, Rosalie Ryrie, Penny Appeal. I hope to be able to take away what is happening on the ground and report back to my Parliamentary colleagues and look for important areas of reform.
We discussed in detail the cycle of abuse, and what charities would like to see, such as changes to meet the demands in society to protect people, but also prevention work in schools and with early offenders to ensure people are educated around abuse and the different forms it takes, including emotional and verbal.
The data is still being determined, but we all know that domestic abuse has been a significant issue during the lockdown periods. I would stress to everyone, man or woman, that help is available and please do reach out- nobody should go through this and we are all here to help.
Links to each of these charities can be found by clicking on their names above. Thank you.