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Better protection for women experiencing domestic violence

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Change how women can gain legal protection who aren't eligible for legal aid.

Look at the stats:

On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales.[4]

Domestic abuse related crime is 10% of total crime, an increase of 2% since the previous year. [5]

On average the police receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour.[6]

Only around one in five of women resident in refuge (20.9%) on a census day and one in six of those using community-based services (16.8%) during a census week had seen a criminal case or ongoing criminal proceedings against the perpetrator. [7]

The volume of domestic abuse prosecutions completed rose in the year 2015/2016 to 100,930 from 92,779 in 2014/2015 — this is the highest level ever recorded. Where gender was recorded, 92.1% (92,851) of defendants were male and 7.9% (7,992) were female (in 87 cases gender was not recorded). Where gender was recorded, 83.3% (71,706) of victims were female and 16.7% (14,406) were male, (in 18,081 cases the gender was not recorded). [8]

As a woman who has experienced this first hand, I want to shine a light in the gaps in the system. Women are being left vulnerable by the lack of legal support available to working women who don't have the means to pay for it. 

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