The Government has announced that the UK's "alert level" in relation to coronavirus has been reduced and that there will now follow a "gradual relaxation of restrictions". We note that the picture is not identical across the four nations, with various approaches to lifting and easing restrictions in each. Specialist violence against women and girls (VAWG) organisations wish to set out our situation and concerns in this ever changing context.
Over the past five decades our organisations, and the services we represent, have led on innovating to develop the wide ranging varieties of provision to support survivors of different forms of VAWG - including sexual violence, domestic abuse and specialist services led 'by and for' Black and minoritised women and disabled women.
Signed and supported by:
EVAW Coalition (in full), Women’s Aid Federation of England, Imkaan, Southall Black Sisters, Women’s Resource Centre, Refuge, SafeLives, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, AVA (Against Violence and Abuse), Karma Nirvana, Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA), Respect, Solace Women’s Aid, Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), Rights of Women, Welsh Women’s Aid, Stay Safe East, IRISi, IKWRO - Women's Rights Organisation, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), Galop, Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA), Centre for Women’s Justice, Surviving Economic Abuse, Woman’s Trust, White Ribbon UK