GREEN MEP VISITS STRATFORD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVICE SURGERY

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Jean Lambert, Green MEP  for London and Jenny Jones, Green London  Assembly Member, have today visited the dedicated one-stop shop for sufferers of  domestic violence at the Stratford Advice Arcade, Newham, to see the  comprehensive support on offer for local residents who are suffering from abuse  at the hands of their partners. 

The surgery, which first  opened its doors in May 2011, aims to help vulnerable women, and in some cases,  men, in dealing with threatening situations before they result in physical  abuse.  Visitors to the drop-in sessions can meet with representatives of  Newham’s police community safety unit, Asian Women’s Aid, East London Black  Women’s Organisation, Newham Action Against Domestic Abuse and TV Edwards  Solicitors to access the help and advice they  need.

Today’s visit coincides  with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, an  annual event which seeks to raise awareness of violence against women and girls  across the world.  In London alone, there have been some  46,000 incidents of domestic violence over the last twelve months, with domestic  homicide accounting for over 25 per cent of murders in the capital  [1].

Speaking during the  visit, Jean, a strong campaigner against domestic violence, said: “On average, two women are killed every week in  England and  Wales by a current or former  partner.  On average, one incident of domestic violence is reported to the  police every minute. Yet despite these devastating statistics, research by  Women’s Aid reveals that 60 per cent of refuge services are now operating  without a single penny of council funding, significantly reducing lifesaving  services for those who experience violence in the home.  Furthermore, the  Government’s draconian spending cuts have withdrawn crucial support for some  70,000 vulnerable women and children [2]. 

“We  know that women are at greater risk of domestic violence and abuse during times  of economic recession.  The Government has responsibility to ensure that  vital support services, such as the domestic violence surgery at the Stratford Advice Arcade,  are adequately funded, prepared and able to cope with incidents of emotional and  physical abuse that can have such a shattering impact on people’s lives.   We should all be able to live a life free from violence and  abuse.”

Jenny said: “Organisations like this do very valuable work in our  city, providing vital support to those most in need. The priority for those in  government is to do far more to decrease abuse in all its  forms.

“There  must but a concerted effort to raise levels of education about these issues and,  crucially, to focus on creating opportunities for work, housing and childcare  within the capital.”

Notes  to Editors

  1. For   further information on domestic violence statistics in London, visit: http://www.met.police.uk/csu/domestic_violence.htm
  2. Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up   to 250,000 women and children every year.  For more information on public   spending and domestic violence services, visit: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-violence-press-information.asp?itemid=2599&itemTitle=Women%92s+Aid%92s+survey+reveals+fear+that+over+half+of+refuge+and+outreach+services+could+face+closure&section=0001000100150001&sectionTitle=Press+releases

Jean  Lambert is one of eight MEPs  representing London and one of two UK Green representatives  in the European Parliament. Jean was first elected Green  Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections and  was re-elected in 2004 and 2009.

For an  interview with Jean or for further information please contact: Anna Rutter,  Media & PR Officer to Jean Lambert MEP: 020 7250 8417 / 07917 881648 / media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk 

www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

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