Shetland’s MSP Beatrice Wishart has spoken in the ‘Making Scotland Equally Safe’ debate in the Scottish Parliament today about the global problem of violence against women, as part of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Ms Wishart took the opportunity to highlight the need for legislative changes to make sure that people aren’t forced to give up their family home to escape an abuser.
Commenting after the debate, Ms Wishart said:
“Today’s debate was an opportunity to reflect on the global problem of violence against women. It comes in all forms, but is perhaps most chilling when it happens in the home.
“Domestic abuse is a hideous, controlling and often life-threatening crime. This year, lockdown and school closures meant that the availability of safe spaces was massively reduced.
“Domestic abuse is also a major cause of women’s homelessness in Scotland. Women have had to flee their homes in the middle of the night, scooping up children out of their beds, to escape an abusive partner by giving up everything else.
“My party has long sought new legal orders to help to stop that happening, and I am glad that legislative moves are now being made. Staying in the family home should not mean staying with an abuser.”