On figures showing domestic violence in the West Midlands has reached its highest ever levels, Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds said:

“It is shocking that domestic violence in the West Midlands is at its highest ever levels, and the numbers have risen every year since 2012. 33,500 cases were recorded in the last year, and more than 3,500 were recorded in the month of July alone.

“Domestic violence is a hidden crime and it is estimated that more than a quarter of women experience it in their lifetime. One woman is killed by a partner or an ex-partner every week, yet around four in every five victims do not feel confident to report it to the police.

“The Prime Minister proroguing Parliament has meant the flagship Domestic Abuse Bill was dropped. Even if it is reintroduced, it will have to start its journey to becoming law all over again. This is a huge setback and is disappointing for victims who have a violent or abusive partner.

“Domestic violence does not recognise class or income barriers. Anyone can be a victim. I’m calling on the Home Secretary to urgently bring forward new legislation, provide more funding to make refuge centres more available, and to ensure police forces have the resources for specialist officers to deal with domestic violence.”