LOCAL MP Caroline Spelman is calling for more to be done to tackle domestic abuse after being shocked by the high level of cases.
According to Home Office figures, 1.2 million women experienced domestic abuse last year in the UK, with Citizen’s Advice reporting 13,500 cases in 2012, with more than 80 per cent of them women.
Caroline, a patron of Make a Better Life Trust Solihull which offers practical help to victims of domestic violence, said: “I am truly shocked at the high level of cases. This is something that a civilised society should be ashamed of. We really need to do something about teaching anger management and get the message through that any domestic abuse is not to be tolerated.”
“On Friday, here and around the world, we marked International Women’s Day – a day to promote women’s rights and women’s achievements.
“The Conservatives used the day to focus on preventing sexual violence – from new initiatives to protect vulnerable women around the world to action to tackle violence against women.”
The RSPCA is currently inundated with a record number of pleas for help from families who are escaping domestic abuse and asking for someone to care for their pets.
The charity’s pet fostering service, PetRetreat, which looks after cats and dogs belonging to victims of domestic abuse, has seen demand increase to almost 100 calls a week nationally.
If you can foster, visit www.rspca.org.uk/petretreat.
Solihull MABL charity for victims of domestic abuse can be contacted Monday-Friday on 0121 733 5802 or visit www.mabltrust.org.uk.