Domestic violence has long been regarded as a social issue, but it’s only recently that it has become less of a taboo topic owing to movements such as #MeToo and ‘Ask for Angela’. Owing to progressive technological developments, these movements have sought to normalise the conversation over domestic violence and encourage people to speak out about their experiences.
It’s too easy to view issues such as this as a distant problem, but the reality is that domestic violence is a prevalent issue in the UK. The severity of this is highlighted by statistics from Women’s Aid which show that, ‘on average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales’. Additionally, it is important to note that there are now discussions which acknowledge that men are often the victims of domestic violence too.
What significance does this have on politics?
Domestic violence has recently spurred further conversations due to the allegations made against both Boris Johnson and Tory MP Mark Field. The allegation made against Johnson, concerned neighbours hearing screaming and banging from his property. This has become a cause for general reservation amongst the public, as there are fears that if Johnson is to become our next PM he would become a powerful figurehead who condones domestic violence.
Despite the fact that the police declared that no further actions were necessary, this still raises questions over the widespread nature of domestic violence and how positions of power must not be abused to facilitate this. Moreover, it is clear that the UK needs strong leadership that will continue to tackle the issue head on — the question is, would Boris Johnson as PM do this? Read more