Violence against women and girls

Response to domestic abuse announcement

13 May 2019

The Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to introduce a new legal duty for councils to provide secure homes for those fleeing domestic abuse and their children.

The new policy, with proposals for funding, are included in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

In response, Chair of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee, Unmesh Desai, said:

“We welcome this announcement. Domestic abuse is too often a crime that endures for years, with survivors faced with almost impossible decisions about the best way to keep their families safe. These decisions are not helped by a shortage of refuges and secure housing.

“The promise of sustainable funding by the Government will be crucial. Local authorities have seen huge cuts in their budgets since 2010. Placing a legal duty upon them without adequate resource could end up impacting on other support services which are already operating on a shoestring.”

Notes to editors

  1. The London Assembly is pushing for a Domestic Abuse Register. Find out more here.
  2. The PCC has called for the Mayor’s new Violence Reduction Unit to investigate domestic violence. Find out more here.
  3. Unmesh Desai AM, Chair of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  4. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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