Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25, 2019


Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In December 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, inviting governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to hold activities designed to raise public awareness on the issue. The Day also commemorates the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Closer to home, the announcement of the general election on 12th December 2019 led to the dissolution of Parliament on 6th November 2019. As a result the Domestic Abuse Bill aimed at supporting victims and their families and pursuing offenders has fallen. It will be interesting to see how things evolve over the next few months and whether the Bill is reintroduced in the next session of Parliament. But days like today highlight the need for further protections for the millions of adults who experience domestic abuse each year.

Helen Greenfield is a director at Family Law in Partnership. She has been specialising in family law for over 10 years and advises on all matters relating to family breakdown, divorce and cohabitation. She has a particular interest in helping those who have been affected by domestic abuse. This can include anything from isolating a person from their friends and family, monitoring their time, taking control over aspects of their everyday life such as where they can go, who they can see, what to wear, their finances or when they can sleep to threats to hurt to kill or even physical assault. Helen recognises that the legal implications of this are accompanied by a plethora of emotional and other issues and aims to ensure that clients are able to work through them with the right advice and support. Contact Helen at E: or T: 020 7420 5000. You might also want to take a look at our overview of Abuse in Relationships.