MP Christine Oddy has welcomed the European Commission's decision to back a major campaign
next year aimed at combating violence against women and is calling for practical action to
put the ideal into practice.
Ms Oddy, who represents Coventry and North Warwickshire, said:
"Public opinion has thankfully changed in recent years with domestic violence
against women increasingly seen as unacceptable and organisations like the police are now
much more likely to take action against the perpetrators. But there is still a real
problem and the campaign must be the focus for real action to tackle it."
She went on to praise organisations such as Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre,
whose workers provide a confidential counselling and support service to women and girls
who have been the victim of rape or abuse.
"Organisations like this, whose annual meeting I attended last month are doing a
splendid job in tackling one particular aspect of violence and I want to see similar
groups getting greater support as part of the campaign" she said.