Research and publications

All of our work is underpinned by a solid evidence base. Throughout the year we conduct research projects, support research in universities and publish data on key issues to ensure that we are leading the way in evidence and data on domestic abuse. Below are our most recent research reports.

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The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Annual Audit

The Domestic Abuse Report

  • NEW The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Annual Audit
  • NEW The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Economics of Abuse
  • Survival and Beyond: The Domestic Abuse Report 2017 (published 2018)

The Domestic Abuse Report is a series published by Women’s Aid that brings together the most comprehensive set of data on domestic abuse in the country.

The Femicide Census: 2017 Findings. Annual Report on UK Femicides 2017

The Femicide Census: 2017 findings (published December 2018)

The latest Femicide Census report, published in December 2018, reveals that 139 women killed by men in 2017, and 40% of cases featured ‘overkilling’. Three quarters (76%, 105) of women killed by men were killed by someone they knew; 30 women were killed by a stranger, of whom 21 were killed in a terrorist attack.

© Women’s Aid, 2018

Change That Lasts Impact Briefing 2

This second briefing includes further findings from our delivery of Change That Lasts. It details the support provided by ambassadors and professionals.

© Women’s Aid, 2018

Funding a National Network of Refuges

Funding a National Network of Refuges: Providing a lifeline for families fleeing domestic abuse

We commissioned a group of expert consultants to work with us to develop an alternative model of funding for specialist women’s refuges. This work was taken forward in light of a  funding crisis that refuges have been tackling over the past few years. The hybrid model approach outlined in the report will provide much needed national accountability for the funding of domestic abuse support whilst ensuring that women’s refuges remain a key part of the local landscape of service provision.

Published: 19th September 2018

© Women’s Aid, 2018

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All-Party Parliamentary Group 2018 Report: Creating a Truly Transformative Domestic Abuse Bill

Our latest report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and Abuse, for which Women’s Aid is the secretariat. The domestic abuse bill is a landmark opportunity to transform the national response to survivors of domestic abuse. The latest report details six key asks of the bill from the APPG.

© Women’s Aid, 2018

Nowhere To Turn 2018: Findings from the second year of the No Woman Turned Away project

Our report from the second year of the No Woman Turned Away (NWTA) project shows repeated failings from statutory services to those in priority need who are vulnerable due to fleeing domestic abuse.

© Women’s Aid, 2018

“What about my right not to be abused?” Domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts

This research report, created in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, looks at domestic abuse and child contact proceedings in the family courts through the lens of human rights. It uncovers a glaring gender gap in the way human rights are used and understood in the family courts. It also highlights a clear lack of understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse, and new evidence of gender discrimination within the institutional culture of the courts.

© Women’s Aid, 2018

Change That Lasts Impact Briefing

This briefing includes early findings of the our new approach, Change That Lasts detailing the awareness raising activities and support provided by ambassadors and professionals.

© Women’s Aid, 2018

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The Femicide Census: 2016 findings (published December 2017)

The latest annual report from the Femicide Census. 2016 saw another 113 women killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Find out more about the project and read the latest analysis and recommendations.

© Women’s Aid, 2017

Nowhere To Turn Report

This report shows that there is a systemic failure by statutory agencies when it comes to responding to the needs of the most vulnerable survivors of domestic abuse. While chronic underfunding is increasing pressure on already overstretched refuge providers, leading to a crisis in refuge provision for the women who most desperately need support.

© Women’s Aid, 2017

The Women’s Aid Annual Survey

The Women’s Aid Annual Survey is the only national survey of the whole range of specialist domestic services for women and children in England. In 2016 we found that:

● On a typical day, two thirds of women in refuges had their children with them
● On a typical day, 78 women and 78 children were turned away from refuge
● More women and children were turned away from refuges than were let in

Child First: A Call To Action One Year On

Child First: A Call to Action One Year On

On the anniversary of the Child First campaign, we have published, Child First: A Call to Action One Year On, which highlights our achievements so far and what still needs to be done to keep children safe.

© Women’s Aid, 2017

The First Femicide Census Report

The Femicide Census Report is a database currently containing information on almost one thousand women killed by men in England and Wales since 2009. It is a ground-breaking project which aims to provide a clearer picture of men’s fatal violence against women by allowing for detailed tracking and analysis.

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Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2015

The Annual Survey gives invaluable insights into the work of the domestic abuse sector and the experiences and needs of the women and children it supports.

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Child First: Safe child contact saves lives 

Our Child First campaign report, Nineteen Child Homicides, highlights what must change so children are put first in child contact arrangements in the family courts.

View and download supporting infographics, reports and research from the Child First campaign.

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SOS: Save refuges, save lives: Why we need to save our services

September 2014

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Unequal, trapped and controlled: women’s experiences of financial abuse and the potential implications for Universal Credit

Unequal, trapped and controlled: research into women’s experiences of financial abuse and the potential implications for Universal Credit

March 2015

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Virtual world, real fear: Women’s Aid report into online abuse, harassment and stalking

February 2014

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APPG Launch Report on New Inquiry into the Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence services

February 2015

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Women's access to justice

Women’s Access to Justice: From reporting to sentencing

March 2014

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Domestic Abuse and Money Education: Guidance for Professionals Supporting Survivors with Financial Issues


The DAME project aims to increase the knowledge and confidence of professionals when assisting survivors who are experiencing financial difficulties and learning from the project has influenced the development of the DAME Guidance for Professionals Supporting Survivors with Financial Issues.

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Making the links: Disabled women and domestic violence

By Gill Hague, Ravi Thiara, Pauline Magowan and Audrey Mullender

This is the final report on the first ever national UK study of the needs of disabled women experiencing domestic violence and of the services available to meet these needs.

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Women’s Aid data on domestic abuse provision

The Government is debating a future funding model for supported housing, which includes refuges. Here are our latest statistics on refuges and the women who use them (November 2018 – PDF)

Read the latest figures Read the 2017 briefing

Our research work is supported by a Research Strategy which sets out our priorities for the year. Below are our priority research areas for 2015/16:

  • State of the domestic abuse sector in England research
  • How can the needs of survivors be best met?
  • Research on survivors experiences of the family courts
  • Research with the University of Bristol on access to justice for domestic abuse survivors.

If you have any questions or would like any more information about our research work please email [email protected]

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