Home Secretary Priti Patel visits Eastwood to discuss crackdown on domestic violence
Home Secretary Priti Patel visited Eastwood last week to discuss the impact of domestic violence on women during lockdown.
Home Secretary Priti Patel appeared in the town on Thursday, April 8, where she was introduced to members of domestic abuse charity Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) and spoke to press representatives outside Eastwood Library.
The politician met with BWP’s Colette Byrne to discuss the UK’s Violence Against Women and Girls strategy and heard how lockdown has affected those turning to the charity for help.
Colette said: “The whole team works tirelessly to support and empower women and children affected by domestic abuse, so we were incredibly grateful and proud to be able to talk to the Home Secretary about the vital work we do – and importantly, discuss the changes that need to happen within the law and family law courts that could better support, not penalise, abuse survivors.
“We feel confident that the Home Secretary will go on to address these in Government.”
The visit comes weeks after the death of Sarah Everard, which saw the Home Secretary re-open the Government’s Violence Against Women consultation.
Priti Patel said: “It was inspiring and thought-provoking to spend time with these amazing women at BWP.
"The Government is listening and is committed to acting on the evidence we have received so far from the consultation.
“I am committed to putting in place tougher sentencing and changes in our legal system, to ensure that we back victims over the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.”
The visit was organised by Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate Caroline Henry, who grew up in Eastwood.
She said: “I now live just down the road in Giltbrook so I was particularly delighted to welcome the Home Secretary to visit us here.”
Broxtowe Women’s Project provides confidential outreach and children’s services, counselling, drop-in sessions and training, aimed at supporting and empowering women to lead independent lives free from domestic abuse.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, contact the charity on 01773 719111.