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The MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Jesse Norman, accepted an invitation to meet with WMWA Chief Executive, Jan Frances, following an article in the Hereford Times on 21st February, where he stated: “I met recently with the police superintendent in Hereford and we specifically discussed the under-reporting of domestic violence in the county, and his plans to address it. I also raised this issue at a meeting last month with the new police commissioner. But there remains far more work to be done on these issues, and I would be delighted to meet with West Mercia Women’s Aid to discuss them in detail.” The visit took place on 22nd March at WMWA offices where Jesse Norman arrived on his own at around 2pm. 

After some wide-ranging conversation about gender stereotypes and violence against women and girls, the discussion focused on two important issues which Jan brought to Mr Norman’s attention.The first was the difficulties created for refuges by the proposed Universal Credit and benefit cap.  Jan pointed out that one of the unintended consequences of this policy, which will make it impossible for many women fleeing violence to pay refuge rents, could be the closure of possibly 50% of refuges within the next 5 years.  Mr Norman agreed to pursue the matter and asked for follow-up information to be sent to him, preferably with a case study to bring the problem alive.

After the visit, Jan said, “It would be wonderful if Mr Norman could use his influence in Westminster to champion a government-funded public awareness campaign, directed at young people, with the aim of making the abuse of power and control in relationships totally unthinkable and unacceptable.  Now, wouldn’t that be a wonderful achievement!”