It’s being described as ‘one of the greatest political achievements for the safety of women in history’ – and it’s also likely to be good news for SAFE and the people we work with.

The House of Lords has now supported a new law on preventing and tackling domestic violence – meaning the Government must draw up a timetable for introducing the measures, and provide progress reports.

What this means for SAFE

As we’ve mentioned in previous news articles, the law would commit the Government to introducing a whole range of new services for women experiencing, or at risk of, violence and abuse.

That includes funding for refuges, rape crisis centres and helplines – along with a lot of education, therapy and awareness-raising services like the ones we’re already providing at SAFE. So, the new law could mean more money for SAFE and more people being helped by us.

Did SAFE help make this happen?

We’d like to think so – in a small way. To get to this stage, it was vital for the proposals to be backed by the House of Commons – not once but twice, in December and February. Both times, SAFE wrote to all Devon’s MPs urging them to vote for the new law, and encouraged our supporters to contact their own local Member of Parliament. Some of the MPs did attend and vote in February – thank you Hugo Swire (East Devon), Mel Stride (Central Devon) and Kevin Foster (Torbay). None of our local MPs voted against the law.

What happens now?

You can find out more about the new measures, and how to get involved in the campaign, here http://icchange.co.uk