Instead of giving more power to the criminal justice system, the government should properly fund specialist services and refuges
Last month, a dozen members of our feminist direct action group stormed the red carpet at the Baftas, chanting, in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement – “The DV bill’s a cover-up. Theresa May, your time is up!” We did so to shed light on the inherent dangers lurking in the government’s upcoming domestic violence and abuse bill, which we knew would be a dangerous distraction from the real state of the domestic violence sector in the UK.
On International Women’s Day, the government confirmed our expectations when it laid out more clearly its proposals for this bill. Again, we see smokescreens diverting attention away from what this bill will mean: more survivors being locked up by a harmful criminal justice system while still locked out of refuges and locked into violent situations.