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The 'row' in Carrie Symonds' flat is not just a 'lovers' tiff'

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At this point none of us know exactly what happened on Thursday night between our potential future prime minister and his partner, and we may never know. All I want to say on the specifics of that incident is that I hope Carrie Symonds is okay; I hope she wasn’t hurt, and I hope she didn’t feel threatened. In these circumstances, she deserves absolute respect and privacy.

The resulting speculation and commentary around the incident however, are telling of just how far we haven’t come since feminist campaigners began the tireless work to get domestic abuse recognised as a matter of public and criminal concern – a matter that we should never turn a blind eye to.

Male violence against women is endemic in this country as elsewhere. We hear the statistics time and time again: one in four women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime; two women a week are killed by partners or former partners. The women who are abused are not faceless victims; they are daughters, mothers, friends, sisters, colleagues. They are women we know. They are us. And we are not to blame.

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