Women’s Aid responds to Nicole Jacob’s appointment as Domestic Abuse Commissioner
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Nicole Jacobs, outgoing Chief Executive of domestic abuse charity Standing Together, has been appointed as the new Domestic Abuse Commissioner.
Adina Claire, Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We welcome the appointment of Nicole Jacobs to the position of Domestic Abuse Commissioner, and we’re confident she’ll be an excellent advocate for survivors of domestic abuse.
We are concerned that this crucial role is a part-time position, given the extent of its remit. Specialist domestic abuse services continue to face a funding crisis, with women and children facing a postcode lottery when trying to access help and support. Women’s Aid’s research shows that 57% of domestic abuse service providers were running an area of their service with no dedicated funding at all in 2018. With this in mind, we’re delighted that the new Commissioner is someone who understands the specialist domestic abuse sector and can work to hold both national and local government to account.
We now look forward to the government delivering the Domestic Abuse Bill, underpinned by a sustainable funding settlement for life-saving support services, to transform the response to survivors.”
If you are worried that your partner, or that of a friend or family member, is controlling and abusive, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]