Rachel joined fellow Labour MPs, including Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, this week in showing support for the White Ribbon campaign to reduce domestic violence.
The Labour MPs came together for a photograph at the Palace of Westminster to display their support for this vital issue.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the UK branch of the global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.
It is an educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action amongst men. Throughout the year, the White Ribbon Campaign encourages men to do educational work in schools, workplaces, and communities, to support local women's groups, and to raise money for organisations that oppose the incidence of Domestic Violence.
White Ribbon Campaign Director, Chris Green, has emphasized the importance of the role that parliamentarians can play in addressing the issue of domestic violence, stating that:
"Parliamentarians enter parliament in order to make their community a better place. There is no more important way to do this than by working to eliminate violence against women.”
• On average, two women a week in England and Wales are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner. This constitutes nearly 40% of all female homicide victims
• Domestic violence is estimated to cost victims, services and the state a total of around £23 billion a year
Rachel echoed Chris Green’s sentiments by saying, “I hope that by working together as MPs we can make a real impact on this issue. As parliamentarians I feel it is our duty to ensure that issues such as this are properly addressed and I will be doing all that I can to work towards eliminating domestic violence in any form”