Get involved in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

This #16Days, we’re calling for a domestic abuse bill which ensures no survivor faces domestic abuse alone

Domestic abuse services are being forced to run their vital therapeutic support without any dedicated funding, while survivors who have been affected by coercive control, gaslighting and other forms of abuse are unable to access the support they need to rebuild their lives.

The government is set to announce draft legislation for its domestic abuse bill at any moment.

Women’s Aid has released a Bill for Survivors, based on the needs of survivors and Women’s Aid member services. It sets out the priorities for the forthcoming legislation, bringing the voices of survivors and our member services together with new statistics which highlight how we need resources for specialist domestic abuse services.

Read our Bill for Survivors.

 

Take action during #16Days

Share our #BillforSurvivors to make sure the needs of survivors are listened to.

Write to your MP to highlight our Bill for Survivors and the importance of sustainable funding for domestic abuse services so that every survivor can access the support she needs.

How to contact your MPDownload our template letter to send to you MP

Women’s Aid supporter Rebecca Humphries wears the #NotAlone t-shirt. Photo © Max Lacome

This 16 Days we want every woman experiencing coercive control and domestic abuse to know they are #NotAlone.

So we’ve teamed with survivor Rachaele Hambleton – blogger and author of Part-Time Working Mummy – and Teemill to launch a fantastic new t-shirt to stand in solidarity with survivors of domestic abuse.

For every t-shirt sold, £5 will go towards our life-saving work supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Buy your #NotAlone t-shirt

Help us to support more women and children to escape abuse

  • £25 could help provide life-saving advice to women fleeing abuse
  • £45 could help make sure women get the ongoing support they need to rebuild their lives
  • £75 could help us to support more women to escape domestic abuse
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You are #NotAlone

We asked survivors if they had experienced gaslighting and what had been said to them. This is what they told us.

Share our video to let every survivor know that they are #NotAlone.

The statistics

  • Over half of domestic abuse services who responded to Women’s Aid 2018 Annual Survey reported that they are running an area of their service without any dedicated funding. [1]
  • Nearly one quarter of responding services are running vital therapeutic support without any allocated funding. [2]
  • 84% of survivors supported by Women’s Aid member services had experienced emotional abuse and 61% of survivors had experienced controlling behaviour, of which 37% of these survivors had also experienced threats to kill as part of a pattern of coercive control. [3]
  • In 2016 and 2017, less than 300 offenders were convicted for coercive and controlling behaviour. [4]
  • While the police have made some progress in how they respond to this crime, in the year 2017/18, police forces recorded just 9,053 coercive control offences. [5]
  • In 2017/18, one in five respondents to Women’s Aid 2018 Annual Survey received no local authority funding for their community-based services at all. [6]
  • There was a 17% decline in the number of support groups available in England between May 2017 and May 2018. [7]
Read our press release on our calls for a domestic abuse bill with resources to ensure no survivor faces domestic abuse alone

Get help and advice

What is coercive control and how do you know if it’s happening to you?

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If you’re a survivor of abuse, find out how you can get help.

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What is gaslighting and could it be happening in your relationship?

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[1] 76 providers (running 100 local services listed on Routes to Support) out of 134 responding providers (56.7%) said that there were running an area of their service without dedicated funding during 2017/18 (Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2018)

[2] 32 providers (running 48 local services listed on Routes to Support) out of 134 responding providers (23.9%) said they were running therapeutic services (counselling, group work) without any dedicated funding during 2017/18. (Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2018)

[3] 9063 out of 10,780 women (84%) who were seeking support for current abuse had experienced emotional abuse. 6601 out of 10,780 women (61%) who were seeking support for current abuse had experienced controlling behaviour. 3254 out of 10,780 women (30%) who were seeking support for current abuse had experienced threats to kill, and 2465 out of the 6,601 women (37%) who had experienced controlling behaviour also experienced threats to kill. This information was recorded in On Track, Women’s Aid’s outcomes monitoring and case management system by 48 organisations in England and relates to survivors who finished receiving support from specialist domestic abuse services between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018.

[4] In 2016, there were 59 offenders convicted and in 2017 there were 235 offenders convicted for controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate / family relationship (Crime Justice System statistics quarterly: December 2017, MOJ 2018)

[5] In the year 2017/18, for the 43 forces for which data were available, 9,053 offences of coercive control were recorded in the year ending March 2018 (Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2018, ONS, 2018)

[6] 21 community-based providers (running 23 local services listed on Routes to Support) out of 102 responding providers (20.6%) received no local authority funding at all during 2017/18 (Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2018)

[7] In May 2018, there were 44 fewer services offering support groups as part of their support provision than in May 2017. 58.7% (n=213) of services were able to provide support groups as part of their support work in 2018 compared with 70.4% (n=257) in 2017. (Routes to Support)

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