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Domestic Violence

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary 12:00 am, 26th February 2018

We on the Labour Benches also wish to thank the brave fire crews in Leicester, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

It is welcome that the Home Secretary has expressed concern about domestic violence, but we know that, on average, two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. That is the end point of too much domestic violence. We also know that the number of refuge services in England has been sharply reduced over the last few years. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that it fell from 294 in 2010 to 274 in 2017. It is all very well for the Home Secretary to talk about the role of charities, but what will the Government do to address the funding crisis that refuges now face?