Today, Mary spoke at the launch of the Penny Appeal's Domestic Abuse Unit in Wakefield.
The service will open the week commencing 26 September and will offer two clinics per week, on Mondays and Tuesdays, for women residents of Wakefield District.
Following the launch, Mary said: “I was delighted to attend the launch of the Penny Appeal’s new service. Women who are victims of domestic abuse are often isolated from friends and family, and services like those provided by the Domestic, Family and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service means that there is a safe space where they can speak without fear of judgement about what they are going through. Only this week we heard that the Government’s housing benefit reforms could force two out of every three women's refuges to close. Without vital services like shelters and counselling, the reality is more women will be killed and more families traumatised by domestic abuse.”