The Women’s Equality Party (WEP) in Lewisham are campaigning against domestic violence in Lewisham, urging victims to get in touch if they need support ahead of the general election.
WEP Lewisham LDN wrote on Twitter: “Lewisham has the 6th highest rate of domestic abuse in London. If we are ever to tackle the crisis that has seen 173 women killed at the hands of their partners over the last year, and more than 85, 000 women raped, we must have a zero-tolerance approach to violence against women”. https://twitter.com/WEP_UK
Rebecca Manson Jones, from Brockley, stood as a candidate for the WEP in Lewisham in the 2017 general election. She said: “If you or anyone you know has been affected by domestic violence or abuse, please visit your local WEP branch for more information on how you could make a difference.
“Monthly meetings are held at our central office where anyone can meet with a WEP Lewisham Representative in person”.
Manson Jones added: “Like so many other women in this country, I am a survivor of abuse. We should all be able to look to our political parties to take the lead on ending violence and harassment”.
In October, WEP Lewisham took to the streets outside Lewisham shopping centre to demonstrate against an MP facing three counts of assault and still being eligible to vote on the Domestic Abuse Bill.
The Lewisham branch of WEP also Tweeted recently: “Between June 2018 and May 2019, 315 rapes were reported in Lewisham. Many will not have come forward. 315. That is almost one rape for every day of the year. WE demand real action now. #EndVAWG #Lewisham #Politics”
Head of Campaigns for WEP, Cath Smith told EastLondonLines: “1 in 5 staff in Westminster have experienced harassment – when that’s the standard of behaviour in the institution shaping our laws how on earth is anything going to change?
“Harassment and sexual assault are always about the abuse of power – a pattern which plays out in households, workplaces, and communities up and down the country, fuelling escalating rates of violence against women. Harassment in Westminster is no exception.
“Along with our fantastic candidates, who are all campaigners and survivors of male violence, WE are calling out these abuses of power and demanding change”.