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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).


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

Scott Jones

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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 economy

World economic crisis: A Marxist approach to the coronavirus crunch


Workplace news

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


Coronavirus news

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


Workplace safety

The history of struggle to make the workplace safe


Campaigns

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?


Readers' opinion

Covid-19 patient speaks out: fantastic support from under-resourced health workers

Going viral: Socialist comments and letters


 

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triangleUnite opposes all cuts to domestic violence services

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