POLICE told campaigners in Doncaster to “stop upsetting people” yesterday when they staged a vocal protest against benefits sanctions’ effects on victims of domestic violence.
The Women’s Lives Matter group held its second protest outside the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office in Doncaster to highlight the suffering of women whose benefits are removed when they are in or have left an abusive relationship.
However, DWP staff responded by calling the cops on the peaceful protesters.
The group presented a list of demands to the DWP, including that domestic violence ought to be sufficient reason for an appeal against benefits sanctions.
Campaigner Louise Harrison said: “The police told us to stop shouting and upsetting people — we don’t want to shout about women being murdered, but we have to.”
She said one woman who is disabled had made herself homeless to escape domestic abuse, but had been made to sign on every day — which put her at risk.
She said she was “petrified” of being found by her abuser