As Theresa May pledges to bring a decade of austerity to a close, it comes too late for the 6 in 10 women who were turned away from refuges last year, following funding cuts to domestic violence services. Increased waiting lists have left women facing a terrible decision: sleep rough, or return home to violent partners.
So what does Brexit mean for the 1.2 million women throughout England and Wales who will likely experience domestic abuse this year? What changes, both good and bad, can we expect?
Stacey Lamb, the Growth and Operations Officer at Just Fair, contributes this blog on the implications of Brexit on domestic abuse for the Gendering Brexit Blog series.
The Brexit referendum has, once again put equality under the spotlight with the dominant political rhetoric being for Scotland to distinguish itself in the areas of equality and human rights and forge its position as a global leader.
This is from Professor Nicole Busby from the University of Strathclyde on the implications of Brexit for gender equality in Scotland, for our Gendering Brexit Blog series.
“Leaving the EU also has implications for protections for women escaping domestic violence”. Sam Smethers, CEO of the Fawcett Society discusses what Brexit means for women in a September 2017 article for UK in a Changing Europe.
The European Women’s Lobby published a December 2016 report on Brexit and women’s rights.
The Women’s Budget Group have collated members’ analysis of Brexit and its potential impact on British women.
As the fallout from the EU Referendum continues, Women’s Aid Northern Ireland published an article expressing their concern about the impact of Brexit on women, in July 2016.
In a June 2016 article for Womankind, Lee Webster cautions against a rollback of women’s rights during Brexit.