Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/960/26046

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 August 2017

Campaigners fight second Yorkshire Women's Aid closure in two years

Women march against the cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Women march against the cuts, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Amy Cousens, Leeds Socialist Party

'Women's Lives Matter' campaigners took to the streets of Doncaster on 26 August to defend the last Women's Aid in south Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Women's Aid (SYWA) was set up in January of this year after Doncaster Women's Aid closed in March 2016 due to funding cuts. The campaign, which was set up last year to defend the service, heroically fought Doncaster council and won a grant from them to re-set up a Women's Aid.

The hard-fought-for 30,000 grant pays for three part-time staff and limited resources - it does not cover the rent for their one-room office. Since setting up the service has had over 100 referrals and the case load of the staff is growing.

Despite the dire situation, Doncaster council has told SYWA that they will not be able to apply for any funds from the council as there will be no money for the voluntary sector at all now in Doncaster. This comes after Doncaster council has been told by central government that it needs to make a further 70 million worth of cuts.

Women's Lives Matter campaigners absolutely refute this 'no money' verdict from the council. A recent report by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition shows that Doncaster has 81.7 million in reserves.

Activists from Women's Lives Matter are absolutely clear that this is a part of the wider austerity agenda being implemented by the Tory government but being carried out by local authorities, 124 of which, including Doncaster, are Labour-controlled.

The campaign is made up of staff, volunteers, trustees, ex-clients (of SYWA), community campaigners, ex-Care UK strikers and the Socialist Party.

We are adamant that we will protest the council until they provide funds. However our demands go further than this. The cuts facing SYWA are just a part of the funding cuts that are happening to public services across the country.

The campaign not only demands funds to continue to run SYWA but an end to all austerity, which is a political and ideological decision against the poor, not a fiscal reality.

We demand that all public services, education and housing are funded adequately. All of these are essential in not only assisting domestic violence victims to have safe and secure lives, but for all working class people.

Without widening our fight to save this service to one that fights all austerity and argues for funding for all services, we will only win services that barely tread water to support domestic violence victims. For the women using SYWA we have no choice but to fight the cuts - when they cut, women bleed.


Last year, the Doncaster Free Press reported that Doncaster Children's Services Trust had released figures which showed that in the three month period between October and December 2015 there had been 2,057 incidents of domestic abuse reported in the town.

This works out to be the equivalent of one every hour. And this is just the ones that we know about. Refuge, a leading domestic violence charity, has found that a woman is assaulted on average 35 times before making her first call to the police. This means that in reality, domestic abuse rates could be much higher than what figures show.

Exact, up-to-date figures on domestic abuse are not available for Doncaster. But Women's Aid nationally reports that two women a week are murdered by a violent partner or ex-partner, and Refuge says three women a week die by suicide to escape abuse.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 30 August 2017:


Socialist Party news and analysis

McStrike against low pay

School spend is behind eastern Europe

May's lies about foreign students exposed

Landlord licensing under threat - fight back

Corbyn confirms 1bn for the arts


What we think

Reject Starmer's Single Market u-turn


Workplace news and analysis

Barts health workers' strike: pay up Serco!

Ford workers vote for action - the fight is on

BT attack on pension benefits

Bron Afon housing workers step up strike

Unite takes legal action against Argos


International socialist news and analysis

China: debt crisis, state repression and the prospects for workers' struggle

Hong Kong: mass demonstration against repression

Where is Scotland going?


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Chatsworth workers and patients fight to save ward

Campaigners fight second Yorkshire Women's Aid closure in two years

Community and artists campaign to save Todmorden College

Orgreave campaign calls Halloween rally


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Should you be furious about 'furious cycling'?

Catchy folk rock with a socialist edge

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 August 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Doncaster:

triangleDoncaster NHS pay win shows: strikes can get results!

triangleDoncaster NHS strike to stop terms and conditions attack

triangleJoin the fight to defend women's lives

triangleWomen's Lives Matter launched in Leeds to fight domestic violence service cuts

triangleMary Jackson: funeral and memorial meeting

Yorkshire:

triangleSouth Yorkshire: No to fire service cuts!

triangleSouth Yorkshire Freedom Riders - still battling on

triangleNHS marches in Yorkshire and London

triangleNon-fiction: 'Unhealthy Profits: PFI in the NHS'

Women:

triangleWidespread condemnation of horrifying, violent, homophobic assaults

triangleDomestic abuse accommodation: Tories shift - but safety is more than a bed

triangleReject Alabama abortion ban

Aid:

triangleNo to fat-cat top judges' 59k pay hike - fight for decent pay for criminal justice workers

triangleDerby public meeting: Women's Lives Matter

Council:

triangleTerrible child murders linked to cuts

Cuts:

triangleTory drug hypocrisy

Domestic violence:

triangleUsdaw union conference demands action on pay, jobs and the right

Austerity:

triangleSave Essex libraries protest

Public services:

triangleBirmingham home care strikers close to victory!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/6/19

Airport

Scottish airport strikes against attack by "ideological capitalists" - fight for better pay and pensions

12/6/19

Hospital

Southampton hospital workers win

12/6/19

TUC

Socialist Party members make big impact at trades council conference

12/6/19

National Shop Stewards Network

Fight the closures save every job!

12/6/19

Essex

Save Essex libraries protest

12/6/19

Enfield

Edmonton joins Enfield North Labour in supporting 'no cuts' fightback strategy

12/6/19

Trump

D-Day for fighting Trump attack on NHS

12/6/19

South Western Railway

South Western Railway guards to strike again

12/6/19

Unison

Socialists in Unison hold positions in elections despite ban on campaigning

10/6/19

Barking

Fire tears through flats - cladding off now!

6/6/19

Lancashire

Stagecoach strike - bus workers show how it's done

6/6/19

Bridgend

Ford closure announcement must be met with united response of defiance

5/6/19

National Shop Stewards Network

Strike together to kick out the Tories!

5/6/19

Wales

Welsh train fleet workers' victory

5/6/19

UCU

UCU conference 2019: Preparing for struggle

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999