Women’s Aid responds to Citizen’s Advice Bureau report on supporting victims of domestic violence.
Thursday 27th August 2015
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:
“Today the Citizen’s Advice Bureau has released a report on the the role of family and friends in supporting victims of domestic violence. As the national domestic abuse charity we know how important it is to support family and friends, and Citizen’s Advice have consulted with us alongside others who work to end domestic violence.
“All forms of abuse are related to power and control in a relationship, and other people can be used as a way of increasing or retaining power by perpetrators who can be extremely dangerous. If a family member or friend tries to help they need to understand that and keep themselves as safe as possible while supporting the woman. With on average two women every week in England and Wales being killed, safety is an issue for everyone. Specialist help is available and often the best thing is to ensure the woman knows how to find it.
“We must also recognise that domestic abuse is a gendered crime, as is not possible to tackle domestic abuse effectively without talking about and understanding how relevant gender is. Most victims are women and most perpetrators are their male current or former partners. While support should be available for everyone experiencing abuse, an understanding of who the vast majority of victims are helps to provide abused women and children with the specialist support that they need.”