Women’s Aid responds to the new ONS stats on domestic homicide
13th February 2020
Adina Claire, Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We are deeply concerned, but sadly unsurprised, by these figures which reveal the true extent of male violence against women. As our latest Annual Audit revealed, nearly two-thirds of refuge referrals are declined, and many life-saving domestic abuse services across the country are running an area of work with no dedicated funding whatsoever. The stark reality is that, in the absence of sustainable government funding, domestic abuse services are having to turn women and children away. These women and children are then met with the impossible choice of returning to their abuser or facing homelessness.
The police response to domestic abuse remains a postcode lottery. While forces are investing in domestic abuse training, the use of powers to arrest and charge perpetrators remains highly inconsistent. There remain major challenges with resources, the length of investigations and lack of specialist support which bar survivors from accessing justice.
The domestic abuse sector remains woefully underfunded. Our research shows that just £393 million per year would deliver the services women and children need. Without this urgently needed funding, we fear the number of women killed by men will remain high or even increase.”
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]