The family of Maria Stubbings — murdered in 2008 by a former partner, despite making repeated calls for help to the Essex police — have launched an online petition, calling for a public inquiry into why victims of domestic violence do not get the help they need, from the police and other state agencies.
The family campaign In Maria’s Name is supported by Refuge, the domestic violence charity.
The petition is here.
The web page gives a lot more information about why this campaign is so important. But here are some of the really shocking facts about domestic violence:
• Domestic violence accounts for between 16% and one quarter of all recorded violent crime
• One incident is reported to the police every minute
• Less than 24% of domestic violence crime is reported to the police
• 89% of victims are women
• In any one year there are 13 million separate incidents of physical violence or threats of violence against women from partners or former partners
• On average two women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner- around one third of all female homicide victims
• At least 750,00 children a year witness domestic violence
As austerity worsens, domestic violence is on the increase; women in trade unions have a really important role to play in campaigning on this issue. Does your union have a DV campaign ? What policies on this issue does it have?
One example here.