Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the UK Government to look at the work of devolved institutions when addressing domestic violence.
The debate was held in Westminster Hall and was led by prominent women’s rights campaigner, Jess Phillips MP. Referencing the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Act (Wales), which came into force in 2015, Mr Elmore highlighted the benefits of having a joined-up service provision for victims.
Mr Elmore commented: “On domestic violence, and indeed many other policy areas, the UK Government would do well to look at what the devolved administrations are doing to see
The Ogmore MP went on to highlight the additional £500,000 the Welsh Government has ear-marked to help protect services which have been subjected to cuts to the Welsh budget.
Mr Elmore continued: “It’s time this Government realised that cuts have consequences. Austerity is a political choice and this choice is having a disproportionate effect on women and girls. Action is needed and it’s needed now.”