Dawn Butler and Sarbjit Ganger, Chief Executive of the Asian Women’s Resource Centre
Dawn Butler and Sarbjit Ganger, Chief Executive of the Asian Women’s Resource Centre

Dawn has last week visited the Asian Women’s Resource Centre in Harlesden further to a dramatic spike in local domestic abuse cases.

The number of domestic abuse offences in Brent has risen from 1554 in the 2010 calendar year to 3246 in 2018.

Dawn, who also serves as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, met with staff from the Centre to hear their experiences and expertise of working with vulnerable women as well as receiving a briefing about the vital service it offers to constituents in Brent.

Dawn’s own advice surgery has also seen an increase in domestic abuse cases. This visit therefore was a useful opportunity to foster closer links between this vital local resource and to look at ways we can provide mutual support and assistance.

Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central, said:

“I was delighted to be able to visit the Asian Women’s Resource Centre and hear about the fantastic work they do in supporting some of the most vulnerable women in Brent. Shockingly, on average 2 women a week are killed by domestic violence, and it was good to learn about the vital and often lifesaving support available to victims.”

“Women’s refuges are sadly in crisis under the Tories – Councils today should not have to consider cutting funding for women’s’ refuges. That is why the Labour Party has called for long-term, sustainable funding for refuges and national oversight to set quality standards.”

“Labour has also committed to introducing workplace domestic abuse policies and provide up to ten days paid leave for victims of domestic violence. This will allow women and men to leave their abusive partners safely and get the help, protection and support they need knowing their livelihood is secure.”

Following the meeting Dawn Butler will be writing to the Chief Executive of Brent Council seeking support for the construction of a new six room housing facility for victims of domestic abuse who are No Recourse to Public Funds.

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