In 2018, we are working on an exciting new strand of the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign, to engage MPs and ask them to sign our Charter on Prevention which calls for key components of the Domestic Abuse Bill, with a focus on prevention.
What are we doing?
This year, we want MPs to stand with us. We are approaching 82 female MPs and 13 male MPs to be our ‘champions’ – to represent the 82 women and 13 men who died last year (2016-17) because of domestic abuse.
We are inviting these MPs to sign our Charter on Prevention, assisting us to shape the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill and support our work providing tools and resources for individuals and organisations to take action and get involved in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence.
To culminate this engagement, we are holding a rally and call to action event at the Houses of Parliament during UK SAYS NO MORE Week, on Wednesday 23 May. In attendance will be MPs who are signing the Charter, and the event will be an opportunity to discuss our asks in more detail, hearing from survivors of abuse alongside some of the MPs who are championing UK SAYS NO MORE.
Dame Caroline Spelman MP wearing her NO MORE pin during Prime Minister’s Questions
Our champion MPs:
Why are we doing this?
The British Crime Survey has found that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime (ONS 2017). Domestic abuse accounts for 8% of all recorded crime within the United Kingdom. 950,000 children across the UK are affected by domestic abuse, either directly as victims of violence, or indirectly in terms of witnessing violence (BCS, 2009).
We welcome the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill and see this as an amazing opportunity to come together and say NO MORE to domestic abuse and sexual violence – we can do more if we work together. Working with MPs will help ensure that this movement has a long lasting impact on the overall prevention message and strategy.
UK SAYS NO MORE Charter on Prevention
If you want to become a MP Champion of UK SAYS NO MORE, or want more information about the campaign, please get in touch by emailing us at email@example.com.
UK SAYS NO MORE Week
UK SAYS NO MORE Week is 21 -27 May – a time to unite and take action to end domestic abuse and sexual violence.
We’ll be posting resources and the UK SAYS NO MORE Week Toolkit with fundraising and event ideas, so stay tuned at: UKSAYSNOMORE.ORG/UKSAYSNOMOREWEEK2018