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published: 20 March 2020
Dawn Butler has called on Boris Johnson to “urgently reconsider” the decision to omit domestic violence professionals from the list of ‘key workers’.
Labour’s women and equalities spokesperson wrote to the Prime Minister today after the publication of ‘key worker’ definitions, released ahead of school closures. Schools across the country are set to close from today to everyone except for the children of key workers – such as NHS staff – and those who have special needs.
In a letter to the Prime Minister today, Butler wrote: “We know that domestic violence increases during holiday periods, so self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic will only add additional stress to that scenario and there will be an increase in need for survivors to access refuges.”
She added: “The government must now urgently reconsider their decision to omit domestic violence professionals from the list of key workers and also consider additional measures, such as increased and emergency funding, to alleviate and ensure those in danger can escape domestic abuse during the crisis.”