Barbara joined Labour colleagues to promote White Ribbon Day on 25 November - the start of 16 days of campaigning to end violence against women.
Barbara supports the White Ribbon Campaign, which calls on men to make a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.
“New statistics from the British Crime Survey show that more domestic violence offenders are being caught and brought to justice. In 2003 only 46 per cent of domestic violence cases brought to court resulted in a conviction, compared to 72.5 per cent in April 2008. Progress is being made because the Government has put tackling violence against women at the top of its agenda.
“However, some men still see violence against women as an accepted part of life - one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. It is a crime that destroys families, terrifies children and leaves its victims frightened and vulnerable. This is why the White Ribbon awareness-raising campaign is so important and why I will continue to support it.”