Violence against women and girls limits women’s opportunities and restricts their freedom in public space, as well as at home. Domestic violence is reported every 15 minutes in Merseyside and across all our communities women are suffering in silence. BME women, disabled women, and women with uncertain immigration status are more likely to experience violence and are also exposed to different forms of it. Still, there is no citywide strategy to end violence against women and girls in Liverpool and devolution and competitive tendering have weakened specialist services to victims and survivors.
WE will develop and implement a city region strategy to end all forms of violence against women and girls, working with women’s organisations and putting prevention, protection, provision and justice at the heart of all our policies.
WE will tackle the funding crisis for specialist services and ensure no woman is ever turned away from life saving services.
WE will ensure all local decision-makers receive adequate training about the gendered nature of violence against women and girls so that they understand the importance of specialist services that are for and led by women, including disabled women and BME women.