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This #16Days, we’re calling on the government to better fund the life-saving services that help to keep women and children safe.

The future of refuges is under threat. Refuges are already operating on short-term, shoestring budgets and the government’s proposed plans will remove their last secure form of funding. This means that many will face the awful reality of either turning more women and children away or closing their doors forever.

Refuges are far more than just a ‘bed for the night’. They save lives, providing shelter, support and recovery for women and children. As our Survivor Ambassador Mandy Thomas has said, “if you don’t have a place to go, you back”.

Take action during #16Days

Help us stop the planned changes to the way that refuges are funded – proposals that could put women’s and children’s lives at risk.

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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 the torture of domestic abuse
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Since September 2014, we have been calling on the government to Save Our Services by committing to preserving the national network of specialist refuges through exploring and securing a new model of national refuge funding and commissioning.

Between 2010 and 2014, we lost 17% of specialist refuges in England and third of all referrals to refuges are turned away, normally due to a lack of available space.

Our world-leading network of specialist refuges is at risk when still two women a week, on average, are killed in England and Wales by a partner or former partner.

Women’s Aid is leading the SOS Campaign to secure a long term funding solution for life-saving services.

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The statistics

  • 1 in 7 children and young people will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood [1]
  • Two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week. [2]
  • Between January 2005 and August 2015, 19 children were killed by perpetrators of domestic abuse in circumstances relating to child contact. [3]
  • Of the survivors supported by Women’s Aid specialist caseworkers, 53% were fleeing with children. [4]
  • 94 women and 90 children were turned away from refuge services in England on just one day this year. [5]
  • If government proposed changes to refuge funding go ahead, over one third fear they will be forced to close down. [6]
Read our press release on the government’s proposed supported housing funding plans Read about the amazing work of Emma Armstrong, a play therapist at Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid refuge

Children’s stories

Women’s stories

The research

Femicide is generally defined as the murder of women because they are women, though some definitions include any murders of women or girls. Femicide has been identified globally as a leading a cause of premature death for women, yet there is limited research on the issue in Europe.

In December 2016, the Femicide Census Report was released covering seven years and bringing together information on 936 women in England and Wales killed by men.

Download The Femicide Census Report

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. We are calling on the Government, all family courts professionals, and involved agencies to make the family court process safer for women and children survivors of domestic abuse.

Read the reportLearn more about the Child First campaign

This NSPCC report looks at child experiences of abuse and neglect. It examines the impact of abuse and highlights that many children experiencing abuse by their parents or carers also experience other forms of abuse from other people.

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Get help and advice

Find out more about the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people

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

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If you’re a child or young person and want support, head to our website ‘The Hideout’

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[1] Radford, L, Aitken, R, Miller, P, Ellis, J, Roberts, J, and Firkic, A, Meeting the needs of children living with domestic violence in London Research report Refuge/NSPCC research project Funded by the City Bridge Trust November 2011 (London: NSPCC and Refuge, 2011), p. 9

[2] Office for National Statistics, Crime Statistics, Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, Year ending March 2016, Chapter 2: Homicide (Published online: Office for National Statistics, 2017)

[3] Women’s Aid, Nineteen Child Homicides (Bristol: Women’s Aid, 2016), p. 22

[4] Women’s Aid, No Woman Turned Away, 2017, p.36

[5] Women’s Aid, Annual Survey, 2017

[6] Women’s Aid, emergency survey was sent to all refuge services listed on Routes to Support on 1st November 2017 following the government’s announcement to change the way supported housing is funded on 31st October 2017.

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