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Women’s Aid — [Dr William McCrea in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 14th March 2012.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Wirral West 2:30 pm, 14th March 2012

As patron of the Wirral Women and Children’s Aid refuge, I know only too well the harrowing stories of women when they arrive in refuge, having suffered terrible abuse. Obviously, the imperative is that they are looked after straight away. However, time and again, we talk about how to break that cycle of violence and that continuation of abuse. Should that not be one of the main imperatives in future, because the figures on abuse have gone up year after year after year? We must break that cycle of violence immediately.