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...