Clydebank Women's Aid
For Immediate Release
Local charity makes vital election ask: protect women's aid specialist domestic abuse services
Clydebank Women's Aid have today released their campaign asks, ahead of the upcoming local council elections on May 4th, asking for support at a time of challenging economic uncertainty.
Clydebank Women's Aid highlight that cuts to local authority spending nationwide have resulted in 94% of Women's Aid groups currently working with a reduced or standstill budget. This comes at a time where demand for Women's Aid services is on the rise, risking the lives and safety of women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse across Scotland.
The local charity has two key priorities for the 2017 elections: recognition and protection of specialist services, and local commitment to sustainable funding. Both, they say, are vital if politicians want an effective response to violence against women to continue in their communities.
As politicians ask the public to trust them with their vote, Clydebank Women's Aid are asking politicians to stand up for women and children and young people
Collective manager said:
"Clydebank Women's Aid have already sustained a 40% cut in our funding from West Dunbartonshire Council. Women as equal citizens of West Dunbartonshire need and deserve our unique specialist service that provides both essential support and accommodation."
Scottish Women's Aid, said:
"Women's Aid groups already operate on tight budgets, and across Scotland many have had to dip into reserves to continue to provide critical support for the women and children in their local authority. t As knowledge and awareness of domestic abuse increases in Scotland's communities, and women and children need to know that support for their specialist local Women's Aid is properly funded and resourced."
"This local campaign is incredibly important, and it has the full support of Scottish Women's Aid. Local politicians now have a choice: they can be part of the problem, or part of the solution. We hope they make the right one
Notes to editor:
Research undertaken by Scottish Women's Aid into local Women's Aid funding can be found here -
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MORE THAN REFUGE
Clydebank Womens Aid are an all woman local Women's Aid collective based in Clydebank. We are a confidential organisation which provides information, support and refuge, if needed, for women, children & young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. You do not have to come into refuge to get support. Services we provide include:
For further information and support call 0141 952 8118
A woman will be on the other end of the line from 10-4 Monday to Thursday and 10 till 1pm on a Friday.
Information is on the answer machine 24 hours. You can leave a message and we will phone you back.
CWA actively encourage you to tell us what you think about our service. There are many ways you can do this.
Give us a phone, pop in or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
CWA will arrange interpreting and/or ensure access to enable all women, children and young people to give us feedback.
For emergency accomodation out of hours in West Dunbartonshire phone: 08001971004
To speak to someone out of hours you can phone the Scottish Domestic abuse helpline on:
0800 027 1234
Clydebank Women's Aid is a registered charity: SC011636