Katie Ghose: ‘Risky proposals are coming on top of cuts that led many refuges to close’

New domestic violence bill must go beyond criminal justice, says chief executive of Women’s AidKatie Ghose, the chief executive of Women’s Aid, knows she has a fight on her hands to ensure the domestic violence bill announced last week by Theresa May is worth the paper it’s written on. With refuges under dire threat from changes to funding, Ghose says the proposals must go beyond criminal justice if they are going to make a difference.

“We definitely want this bill to be a springboard for every part of government to make domestic abuse and the wider violence against women agenda front and centre – and to ultimately tackle the root causes to prevent it happening in the future,” says Ghose. “To do that it must encompass all areas of public policy that touch a survivor’s life, such as health, housing and education.”

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