Cambridge Domestic Violence Action Group
Amnesty is asking the public to take action against domestic violence. The following information is copied from its Protect the Human blog.

The UK Government is obliged to protect, respect and fulfill women’s human rights. As the 2010 general election is coming up and a change of government is possible, all political parties must address violence against women.

We need you to join hundreds of others in talking to your MP about the urgent need for an end violence against women strategy that ensures the same support and protection for all women - regardless of their immigration status. Act now

The story so far - towards a violence against women strategy

We have been campaigning the government to uphold their obligations towards women’s rights.
  • In March, we petitioned MPs about the lack of support services for women - pointing out the huge gaps in services across Britain, illustrated in the Map of Gaps reports.
  • In May, the Home Office launched a public consultation to develop a ‘violence against women’ strategy. We fed into this, demanding that the strategy tackles destructive social attitudes around violence against women and that it plans services for minority ethnic women facing violence such as genital mutilation and honour crimes.
  • We have campaigned constantly for women with insecure immigration status to be given access to refuges. At the moment, if these women suffer violence they have nowhere to go; this is because of the no recourse to public funds rule. This must be overturned in order to end violence against all women in Britain.
UK political parties have been listening. The Government has committed to developing a ‘Together we can end violence against women and girls’ strategy by 2010, and a proposal for dealing with the problems facing women with no recourse to public funds, who cannot access refuges.

We need to keep up the pressure to ensure they fulfil these promises effectively.

The next step - meet with your MP

On 4 November, you will have the chance to meet with your MP to ask for their support and commitment to help victims of violence against women.

We need as many of you as possible to come along and ask your MPs to ensure that any ‘violence against women’ strategy includes funding for rape crisis centres and refuges, available to all victims of violence: including those currently subject to the ‘no recourse rule’.  Find out more on this event

Dont worry if you’ve never been to a lobby - we are well practiced at this (Amnesty’s been going since the ’60s!) - you will be briefed beforehand and lots of us will be there throughout the day to answer your questions and generally support you. There are quite a few questions answered on the lobby page or you can email the experienced activism team on who will definitely be able to help.  So go on - come along and help end violence against women

Spread the word

We want the government to be overwhelmed with requests for a violence against women strategy that provides services and protection for all women in Britain. This means that we need to get the word out - and we really need your help to do this.

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Mass lobby your MP to make sure that all women can access refuges and support services in Britain

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