Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West (L) spoke in parliament today in favour of ratifying the Istanbul Convention. The bill aims to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence.
Thangam was the Research Manager at Respect until she became an MP and she has 26 years of experience working in the domestic violence sector. Her most recent work has included co-facilitating Domestic Violence Prevention Programmes groups, co-authoring Respect’s Standard for accreditation of these programmes, evaluating Respect’s domestic violence helplines etc.
“Ratifying the convention will commit the UK to ensuring survivors of domestic violence can have access to specialist support services and refuges, monitoring data about gender-based violence and having age appropriate education at schools about domestic abuse.”
You can watch her full speech here: