The national domestic abuse awareness charity Women’s Aid recently released a report looking at the barriers that women face when trying to access refuge. This latest report is a follow up from the 2017 version, which found that the most vulnerable women were being failed largely due to underfunding. 264 women were supported and surveyed as part of the project which collected data from 12th January 2017 to 11th January 2018. Here’s a brief survey of the findings and recommendations. Read the full report on the Women’s Aid website.
Amongst the report’s key findings were these worrying statistics:
Women’s Aid made the following recommendations
We continue to support Women’s Aid’s campaigns for a sustainable model of refuge funding, ensuring that the supply can meet the demand. The government have recently pledged an additional £19m to funding domestic abuse services until 2020, but it is unclear what will happen beyond that.
Back in May, we submitted a response to the government’s consultation for their domestic abuse bill, providing honest feedback on the policies they plan to introduce, as well as offering guidance on what needs to be done to support those experiencing domestic abuse. The outcome of the consultation will hopefully give some indication of what lies ahead for refuge funding, although it may take a while before we learn the results due to delays and economic uncertainty caused by the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
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