2nd May 2021
Letter from Regional President Irene Hockin:
With so many clubs working so hard, for so many years with local Refuges, safe houses and victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse, I was delighted, as I’m sure you were, with the news of yesterday, and so thought you might appreciate a basic summary of what it means.
The Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April, and will now become law in the UK.
- Children will now be recognised as victims of Domestic Abuse in their own right.
- The law bans cross-examination by perpetrators in courts.
- Non-fatal strangulation will be a stand alone offence.
- It gives Clare’s Law (allowing victims to find out about partners’ previous offending) a statutory base.
- It puts a duty on local authorities to fund Refuges.
- The coersive and controlling behaviour offence is extended to post-separation abuse.
- It creates the first Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.
Between April 2020 and February 2021 – so during lockdown – calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline were up 61%.
On average, one woman is killed in the UK every four days, by a partner or ex.
N.B. News in that SIGBI has donated £1000 to the Red Cross for the crisis in India.
Press Release 17 March 2021
Many women have been strongly affected by recent events and conversations around women’s safety following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. The level of abuse, intimidation, fear and harassment that many women face on a daily basis has to stop. Many have been looking for ways that they can engage the government and other authorities in effective conversation.
Soroptimist International is a global organisation whose mission over the last 100 years has been to empower, educate and enable women and girls across the world. With so many looking to try and escalate the rate of change please consider joining a local club. They are spread across the UK and are already working with local networks as well as the UN.
Soroptimists work on a local, national and international basis – the Government’s Victims’ Commissioner is a Soroptimist – and clubs are involved in anti slavery, trafficking and FGM as well as local charities and initiatives.
Soroptimist International is currently at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. By joining together we are stronger and more effective. If you would like to come to a meeting to see what we do or to share an idea you have please contact us by email, facebook or twitter.
Soroptimist International Taunton