Women’s Aid responds to the Budget
11th March 2020
Responding to today’s Budget announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nicki Norman, Acting co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We are very disappointed to see no funding commitments for vital, life-saving support services for survivors of domestic abuse, or early intervention and prevention with women and children, in today’s Budget. Nearly half of domestic abuse services in England responding to our Annual Survey 2019 were running an area of their work without any dedicated funding whatsoever. We know that it will cost just £393 million to provide specialist women’s domestic abuse services, including refuges and community-based support, in every community across the country. This is a tiny sum compared to the £66 billion cost to society of domestic abuse every year. Work to tackle perpetrators is of course critical, but it is only part of the picture in tackling domestic abuse and keeping women and children safe.
Just one in five survivors report to the police, so it is welcome to see measures to look at improving outcomes in the family justice system. But a trial to integrate family and criminal courts will do little for the many women and children who are re-victimised and re-traumatised through family court proceedings after separating from an abuser. We are calling on the government to ensure equal access to special protection measures across all court systems without delay. We need a Domestic Abuse Bill that goes far beyond the criminal justice system, backed by funding for protection and support to ensure all women and children can access the support they need, when they need it.”
If you are worried that your partner, or that of a friend or family member, is controlling and abusive, you can go to www.womensaid.org.uk for support and information, including Live Chat, the Survivors’ Forum, The Survivor’s Handbook and the Domestic Abuse Directory.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]