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The Socialist 25 March 2020

Coronavirus crisis: Tests, full pay and funding - for all now

The Socialist issue 1079

Coronavirus crisis: Tests, full pay and funding - for all now

State intervention shows what is possible


Coronavirus and domestic violence: a double threat to women's lives

Coronavirus news in brief


We need tests for all now! Nationalise production and research

Retail and the coronavirus outbreak - organise to defend workers interests

Transport union RMT demands action for coronavirus tube safety

Organising in the workplace in the time of coronavirus

Union independence must be maintained - a reply to the Trade Union Congress

University workers win full pay for casual staff

Bosses not workers should pay for JCB shutdown


Social care: "Not good enough by miles"


30 years since the huge anti-poll tax demo... And how mass non-payment of the tax was built


Coronavirus: What role could community support groups play?

Selling the Socialist

Like what we say, help us keep saying it - fund the Socialist

'Meeting' to discuss socialist ideas - more vital than ever during the crisis


Going viral: Socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis

 
 
 
 
 

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Coronavirus and domestic violence: a double threat to women's lives

Womens Lives Matter campaigners fighting for domestic violence services, photo Iain Dalton

Womens Lives Matter campaigners fighting for domestic violence services, photo Iain Dalton   (Click to enlarge)

As we entered 2020 the number of women murdered every week by a partner or ex-partner in the UK rose to three. On top of this, three women a week kill themselves to escape abuse.

For women who need to self-isolate and are experiencing domestic violence the situation is particularly dangerous. In China in February domestic violence cases reported to the police tripled. In the US the domestic violence national hotline has seen a huge increase in calls.

As Covid-19 forces us indoors in the UK, women and all victims of domestic violence are at risk.

There have been vicious cuts to domestic violence services and refuges.

Two-thirds of referrals to refuges are rejected. They are overrun and overstretched, with a lack of secure funding.

The Women's Lives Matter campaign, which the Socialist Party participates in, has launched a national petition to demand the resources to support victims of domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis.

The campaign is demanding emergency funds to be made available for those fleeing violence, with immediate provision of transport, food etc. Emergency measures to safely house victims in empty hotel rooms and B&Bs, and the appropriation of empty properties. Substantial funding for existing domestic violence refuges, and replacing the refuge places that have been cut under austerity.

In reality, these are basic demands that women fleeing violence should already have access to.

For women and children fleeing violence there's been nothing but cut after cut. But the pockets run deep when it comes to helping the rich keep their profits. The government has shown with its measures to protect business that there is the money there to fully fund refuges. But they won't act without a fight.

Amy Cousens

In this issue


What we think

Coronavirus crisis: Tests, full pay and funding - for all now

State intervention shows what is possible


Coronavirus news

Coronavirus and domestic violence: a double threat to women's lives

Coronavirus news in brief


Coronavirus workplace news

We need tests for all now! Nationalise production and research

Retail and the coronavirus outbreak - organise to defend workers interests

Transport union RMT demands action for coronavirus tube safety

Organising in the workplace in the time of coronavirus

Union independence must be maintained - a reply to the Trade Union Congress

University workers win full pay for casual staff

Bosses not workers should pay for JCB shutdown


Social care

Social care: "Not good enough by miles"


Poll Tax

30 years since the huge anti-poll tax demo... And how mass non-payment of the tax was built


Coronavirus organising

Coronavirus: What role could community support groups play?

Selling the Socialist

Like what we say, help us keep saying it - fund the Socialist

'Meeting' to discuss socialist ideas - more vital than ever during the crisis


Readers' opinion

Going viral: Socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis


 

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