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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 April 2020
Shocking increase in domestic violence killings
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Domestic abuse killings have more than doubled during the coronavirus lockdown, according to Counting Dead Women (CDW), the organisation that monitors the killing of women by men. It identified 16 killings from 23 March to 12 April. In 'normal' times, over a similar period, there would be an average of five deaths - still an horrific figure.
Unfortunately, the CDW figure corresponds with the huge increase in calls to domestic abuse and online services since the lockdown began. The founder of CDW said: "I don't believe coronavirus creates violent men. What we're seeing is a window into the levels of abuse that women live with all the time.
Coronavirus may exacerbate triggers, though I might prefer to call them excuses. Lockdown may restrict some women's access to support or escape and it may even curtail measures some men take to keep their violence under control".
The government's response has been pitiful, coming on top of years of underfunding for refuges (see 'Tory money a drop in the ocean' at socialist party.org.uk).
We have to fight for full funding for helplines, refuges and other safe emergency accommodation for victims of abuse during this crisis (see p16). But we also have to fight all cuts, and for the resources necessary for long-term financing of the services so desperately needed (see Unite the union opposes all cuts to domestic violence services at socialistparty.org.uk).
- Sign and share the Women's Lives Matter petition at change.org/Covid-19-DomesticViolenceCrisis
Nottingham DV meeting
14 people, including four non-members, came to our meeting via Zoom on 20 April. The meeting was entitled 'Domestic violence in the lockdown - the impact of the pandemic and Tory hypocrisy'.
We had a serious discussion on domestic violence, its origins in class society, the effects of cuts, precarious work, low pay and austerity on services, and the increased pressures for sufferers from the lockdown.
We also discussed the demands of the Women's Lives Matter petition.
Clare Wilkins, Nottingham Socialist Party
What we heard
I just popped into Sainsbury's. At the self-checkouts there was a copper chatting to a Sainsbury's worker. He asked the copper if they were busy. She replied "mainly with domestic violence, calls have gone through the roof." Grim
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In The Socialist 20 April 2020:
Frontline workers speak out
Where's our PPE? Where's our testing? Where's our money?
London bus drivers' action over safety stops front door boarding
Care homes coronavirus scandal: blood on their hands
PPE shortages: "I feel so bloody angry"
Trade union activists from across the south of England discuss the battle for safety on the frontline
Management tells carers PPE would 'worry' residents
Councils must demand control of supplies and reversal of austerity
More dispatches from the front: 'There are so many more patients dying'
World economic crisis: A Marxist approach to the coronavirus crunch
No 'back to school' until outbreak is under control and trade union agreed safety arrangements
DWP: Action on workers' safety, and protection of pay and conditions needed
JD Sports: Shut up shop and give us full pay!
RMT: Lift the suspension of Steve Hedley
Bromley Libraries 'restructure' in middle of pandemic!
Lenin at 150
Lenin at 150: A revolutionary life - and the relevance of his ideas to today's working-class struggles
National plan for testing needed
Capitalist press attacks Tory incompetence
Tory think tank proposes attack on pensions
Shocking increase in domestic violence killings
US private healthcare system in meltdown
Coronavirus news in brief
The history of struggle to make the workplace safe
Excellent support for Socialist Party special appeal
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Clapping, driving, postering - for workers' rights
The role of the Socialist during the corona crisis
Policies that really protect the NHS
Coronavirus: Students' charter
Socialism the Podcast: What do our listeners think?
Covid-19 patient speaks out: fantastic support from under-resourced health workers
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