Brighton and Hove Green Party Chair calls for misogyny to be made a hate crime in support of domestic abuse victims ahead of Valentine’s Day
For some, Valentine’s Day symbolises love, romance, and affection. For domestic abuse victims, it represents additional pressure, helplessness, and trauma. Brighton and Hove Green Party Chair, Kahina Bouhassane echoes Green Councillors call to make misogyny a hate crime.
Domestic abuse continues to be one of the biggest issues facing women and girls . With three national lockdowns and continuing levels of uncertainty countless people have been left feeling isolated, lonely, and unprotected. National figures from the first lockdown suggest that two-thirds of women in abusive relationships endured significantly more violence from their partners, with police receiving one report of domestic abuse every 30 seconds .
With the introduction of harsher lockdown restrictions between April and June 2020, Sussex police made more than 3500 arrests for domestic abuse related crimes . First-hand accounts have revealed that Valentine’s Day can be especially difficult for victims of domestic violence .
The Green Party Manifesto is clear on the issue of domestic violence, setting out policies that would be implemented under Green Party leadership :
- Make misogyny a hate crime across the UK
- Increase police capacity to deal with domestic violence and misogynistic hate crimes
- Increase funding to support the prevention and prosecution of all hate crimes
- Provide further training for police officers in this area
- Implement an intersectional approach to hate crime, recognising the groups of women who are most at risk
“With the excitement of Valentine’s Day approaching, it is important to remember that this can be a very difficult time for victims of domestic abuse. Whilst organisations, such as Brighton Women’s Centre, continue to do amazing work in supporting victims of domestic violence, there is more to be done by all of us to support their brilliant projects.
Now more than ever, it is vital that misogyny is made a hate crime to protect self-identifying women in Sussex. Following the call from Green Councillors in October, I urge Sussex Police to finally make misogyny a hate crime. No one should feel unsafe in their own home.”
To anyone suffering from domestic violence and in need of help, you are not alone.
Support can be found at https://womenscentre.org.