Women’s Aid publishes updated figures on the annual investment needed to fund the domestic abuse support sector in England
The national annual cost is estimated at £409m
In 2019 Women’s Aid produced a national assessment of the investment needed annually to fund the domestic abuse support sector, Funding specialist support for domestic abuse survivors (1). These estimates were based on the development of a unit cost for every 10,000 population and gave one cost for refuge services and another for community-based support services.
Women’s Aid has updated its assessment to account for population rise and inflation. We now estimate that a total annual investment of £181m is needed to fund a national network of refuge services which meets the needs of women and children, and a further £228m to fund community based support services – at total investment of £409m a year.
Investment needed to fund domestic abuse services in England
Type of cost:
Cost for England (5,655 units)
Community based support services:
As before this is subject to the six prerequisites shown below:
- Ring-fenced funding within the settlement for the ‘by and for’ expert sector
- Availability within the domestic abuse sector of the full range of service types
- Effective and sustainable funding of the wider support sector
- Provision for women with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
- Availability of housing benefit to cover housing costs for refuge services
- Funded coordination and oversight/monitoring.