Domestic abuse charities criticise knighthood for Geoffrey Boycott

By staff writers
September 12, 2019

Domestic abuse charities have responded to the announcement that a knighthood has been conferred on Geoffrey Boycott.

The former England and Yorkshire cricketer was fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended sentence in 1998 after being convicted of beating his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore in a French Riviera hotel.

The co-Acting Chief Executive of Women's Aid, Adina Claire, said : “With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a domestic abuse bill ready to be taken forward by government, it is extremely disappointing that a knighthood has been recommended for Geoffrey Boycott, who is a convicted perpetrator of domestic abuse.

Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message- that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime.”

The shadow minister for women and equalities, Dawn Butler, called for Boycott's knighthood to be rescinded. "Honouring a perpetrator of domestic violence just because he is the former prime minister's favourite sportsman shows how out of touch and nepotistic the honours list is" she said, adding that the whole system needed "radically overhauling".

 Women's Trust said: "It’s disappointing to see Geoffrey Boycott included in Theresa May’s honours list, given her vocal support for domestic abuse survivors survivors and the domestic abuse bill...[it] shows just how much our attitude as a society needs to change when it comes to supporting survivors."

* Women's Aid https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

* Women's Trust http://womanstrust.org.uk/

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