Figures recently published by Women’s Aid have revealed that many domestic violence services are under-resourced, under-funded and in a state of crisis.
Considering the scale of domestic violence, with 1.5 million women experiencing domestic violence every year and 2 women killed every week by a former or current partner, the sector is at breaking point and is experiencing cutbacks in all areas.
According to the figures:
- Across the 150 organisations that responded, 112 specialist posts were lost in 2013, with the majority cut due to a reduction in funding.
- On the survey’s “snapshot” day, which occurred 27 June 2013, 103 children and 155 women were turned away from refuges in England.
Women’s Aid chief executive Polly Neate commented: “Specialist gender-specific domestic violence services are reaching a breaking point”.
She went onto say that by putting adequate funding in place, the government have an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of women and children hurt and killed by violent partners.
While the government are said to have “ring-fenced” £40m to fund local support services and national helplines, there has been an 11% hit in prosecutions since specialist support units and police have experienced cuts.
So what can we do?
Women’s Aid currently supports more than 350 domestic and sexual violence services across England, and also provides a 24-hour helpline and an online “Survivor’s Forum”.
The Survivor’s Forum is a unique, safe place for women to seek help and share their experiences of domestic violence. This vital service receives over 51,000 visits per year, and has proved invaluable to the progress of the women who use it.
After experiencing first hand the need for the provision of online support services and information, Counselling Directory is delighted to be able to offer their support to Women’s Aid in the form of a £1000 charitable donation this Christmas, knowing that it will help to ensure that abused women and children continue to receive the very highest standard of support.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas,
The Counselling Directory Team
“What is the use of living, if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” – Winston Churchill
Statistics sourced from BBC News.