The Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2014
The Women’s Aid Annual Survey of domestic abuse services across England provides invaluable insight into the key issues and challenges domestic abuse services and the thousands of women and children they support face.
It is the largest collection of such data in the country and provides vital information for Womens Aid, the sector, the media and key decision makers.
Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2014
Our key findings
Over the past financial year (2013/14):
- Nearly a third (31%) of referrals to refuge in 2013/14 were turned away because of lack of space (n=20,736 referrals received, data provided by 115 services).
- 37% of respondents were running services without dedicated funding (data provided by 132 services). Of these respondents (n=49), 65% (32), of were running services on reserves and 24% (12) were running services on a voluntary basis.
- 13% of respondents had suspended/closed an area of service due to lack of funding (data provided by 132 services).
- 42% of responding specialist children and young people’s services reported having difficulties in placing children living in refuge in schools (data provided by 90 services), and 44% of responding services reported encountering problems in accessing mental health services for children and young people (data provided by 90 services).
- 74% of women accommodated came from a different local authority area to the refuge (n=4,177 women, data provided by 110 services).
- We received responses from 110 refuge services about the number of women and children supported in refuge accommodation. These services supported 6,163 women and 6,665 children in 2013/14.
- We received responses from 109 services about the number of women and children supported in non-refuge services in the community. These services supported 74,500 women and 13,701 children in 2013/14.
- On just one day in 2014 in refuge services: 112 women and their 84 children were turned away from refuge because they could not be accommodated (data provided by 140 refuges).
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Infographics and resources
A year in the life
This section of the Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2014 asked questions about the previous financial year in their service (1st April 2013-31st March 2014).
A moment in time
This section of the Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2014 captures a snapshot of what is happening in domestic services at a given time.
The “day in the life” includes information about the numbers of women and children being supported in refuges on one day, the 26th June 2014.
The “week in the life” shows a picture of outreach support in one week, the 23 – 27 June 2014.
Children and young people’s services
This semi-structured survey was sent out to the 181 domestic violence services in England providing specialist children and young people’s work. 107 of these services responded, giving a response rate of 59%.
Respondents were asked to answer questions about specialist children and young people’s work during the previous financial year in their service, 1st April 2013-31st March 2014.
Use the links below to view and download PDF versions of our infographics:
Women’s-Aid-Annual-Survey-2014-Year-in-the-Life-Infographic (PDF) – Download
Women’s-Aid-Annual-Survey-2014-Moment-In-Time-Infographic (PDF) – Download
Women’s-Aid-Annual-Survey-2014-CYP-Infographic (PDF) – Download