Labour pledges to stem the tide of women’s refuge closures

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By Yvette Cooper.

Theresa May and the Home Office are turning a blind eye to the crisis in safe haven provision caused public service cuts

‘Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I am deeply worried that the clock is being turned back.’ Photograph: Fabio De Paola

A few weeks ago an emergency housing officer made a late night call to the domestic violence helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge. He was trying to find refuge accommodation for Violet (names in this piece have been changed), a 19-year-old who had escaped abuse with her twin babies. She had nowhere else to turn.

There was refuge space for Violet and her children in a neighbouring county, far from her abuser, where she would be safe. However, a new rule capped the number of women they could take from outside their area. The bed…

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