Chris Elmore MP calls on UK Government to provide adequate support for survivors of domestic abuse
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (4th November) Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to ensure that support services for those experiencing domestic abuse are well-resourced as England enters a second national lockdown.
During the lockdown which began in March, domestic abuse helplines across the country reported a huge increase in calls, with Refuge recording around a 50% increase in demand for its helpline. Traffic to support websites also increased substantially.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“For many people across the country, home is not a safe place and now that workplaces are once again closing, they are facing increased risks of domestic abuse. We cannot forget the health and wellbeing of those affected by domestic abuse during the lockdown and must ensure that adequate resources are in place to support those who need help.”
Chris Elmore is also a member of the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) which works with businesses and employers to put in place policies and guidance to support employees facing abuse. He called on the Prime Minister to become a member of the Initiative, which counts South Wales Police and other MPs in the Chamber amongst its members.
Chris Elmore MP added:
“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the shadow pandemic of domestic abuse that blights our nation. We, both as MPs and employers, have to stand with the police, the health service, and other support services to help tackle domestic abuse and eradicate this appalling crime from our society.”
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2. The EIDA is free to join and offers employers support in helping employees facing domestic abuse: https://www.eida.org.uk/become-a-member