AM highlights landmark bill to mark International Women’s Day

Labour’s AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones will mark International Women’s Day (Sunday 8th March) by calling on all opposition parties to back the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill after Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats said they were not minded to support the Bill during the Stage 3 plenary debate.

Ms Jones said: “I’m very disappointed to see Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats playing politics with this extremely important piece of legislation. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse over the course of their lifetime. The Welsh Government’s bill will ensure that public bodies in Wales are doing their part in ending domestic violence which is a blight on our society.

“Domestic violence victims are primarily women who are often trapped in abusive relationships. The new legislation is designed to help women escape the cycle of violence and help them to rebuild their lives. The consequences of blocking this Bill are dire.

“Women across Wales need us to be on their side and this is why the Bill is desperately needed. I am calling on opposition Assembly Members to drop their opposition to this significant Bill which has the support of Welsh Women’s Aid and a whole host of other key stakeholders”.

The Welsh Labour Government has half of the seats in the Assembly and needs the support of one of the opposition parties to pass the legislation.

One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.

On average, 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.