Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham has raised his concerns about the lack of funding being provided for shelters and refuges for women.
The Coventry South Member of Parliament told the House of Common;
“Not enough resources are being invested in shelters and refuges for women. More importantly, another by-product of domestic violence is that it affects not only a child’s character but a child’s education. If I were… at school, I would be more worried about what was happening to my mother than about my lessons.”
Speaking after the debate in Parliament, Jim said;
“It is really important that funding is provided to women’s refuges. No one can begin to imagine the suffering these women go through and it would not be right for me to suggest I can even begin to understand but what I do know is that without the refugees and shelters, many would not be supported through a very difficult period in their lives.
“I have visited the Coventry Rape and Sexual Assault Centre on a number of occasions and have seen first-hand the vital support they provide to vulnerable women in need of assistance. We must ensure these facilities are properly funded.”
The City Council in Coventry provides over £350,000 in funding for CRASAC over a 2-year period and the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands granted CRASAC £100,000 earlier this year.
“This is a step in the right direction but the Government now need to match this ambition and ensure women’s refuges are provided with a stable stream of funding to continue the vital work they are doing in Coventry and across the country.”