Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne has joined UK SAYS NO MORE to take a stand against domestic abuse. At a rally in Parliament, the charity looked at the impacts of domestic abuse on children’s lives and the importance of their inclusion in the new Domestic Abuse Bill to ensure they receive the vital support they need in order to holistically recover from their trauma.
To raise awareness of the impact domestic abuse can have on children, UK SAYS NO MORE presented several case studies and voice notes into eight teddy bears. These were positioned around the event for attendees to hold and listen to the recordings of children’s stories (recorded by child actors) – providing an opportunity for the voices of children to be heard. As part of a forthcoming teddy tour, they invited MPs to write a special note of support and encouragement to children housed in refuges. At the event, childhood survivors of domestic abuse shared their stories alongside experts in the field, and Labour MP, Carolyn Harris. It has been a surprise to many that children are not yet included in the Domestic Abuse Bill, so we know more than ever how vital it is that their voices are heard.
The key aims of the campaign are to ensure that:
- Children are not omitted from the Domestic Abuse Bill
- Children affected by domestic abuse receive priority access to schools
- Child survivors are given special waiting list status (protected status) for all NHS services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Support (CAMHS)
Andrew Gwynne said:
Domestic abuse is everyone’s business – and as a society we have a responsibility to protect survivors and ensure all those experiencing domestic abuse have access to vital services to break the cycle of abuse
Sadly, for too long Children have long been forgotten as victims of domestic abuse and much more needs to be done to safeguard children in domestic violence cases. If you want to join me and support the campaign, please visit: https://uksaysnomore.org/uk-says-no-more-week-2019/