Forty years ago, as a newly elected Member of Parliament, Sir George visited the first women's refuge in Chiswick, run by Erin Pizzey. The Chiswick Women's Aid Group was the first organisation that set up a safe haven for women who had had to flee, often with their children, from domestic violence.
Sir George then sat on a select committee in the House of Commons, which recommended that these refuges be replicated throughout the country, supported by Local Authorities. "In the last forty years, the movement had grown in leaps and bounds, and there is a splendid centre in Andover, that provides accommodation and support for victims of domestic violence."
At the event in the House of Commons, the Home Secretary, Theresa May announced extra financial support for refuges, which was warmly welcomed by those at the Parliamentary gathering.