Two women a week die at the hands of their partners or ex-partners, and one in five children experience domestic abuse growing up. Currently, these people face a postcode lottery for support – this needs to change.
We're calling on the government to support the provision of the full range of domestic abuse support services – for adult, teen and child victims and for perpetrators of abuse.
In 2019 the Government proposed giving local authorities in England a duty to provide accommodation-based support. The plan was to include this in the Domestic Abuse Bill, which we lost following the general election. In 2020 we welcome the proposed return of the Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament but urge the UK Government to strengthen legislation to include a full statutory duty on local authorities to provide both accommodation-based and community-based services for adult and child victims, as well as perpetrators of abuse. This is necessary to end the postcode lottery of support and ensure everyone can access the help they need.
The #Invest2EndAbuse campaign is supported by:
Action for Children report:
Action for Children's report, released Thursday 21 November, into children's experiences of domestic abuse, shows that every day nearly 700 children in England are being identified as experiencing domestic abuse at home. The report also finds barriers to accessing support in two-thirds of local authorities, with more than one in ten offering no support services for children at all. This highlights the stark need to invest in domestic abuse specialist services that will support the whole family, children included.
More on the #Invest2EndAbuse campaign:
Our 2019 Practitioner Survey found that adult and child victims face a postcode lottery in accessing specialist domestic abuse support.
• We are short of nearly 300 Idvas who are needed to support survivors who are at the most risk of serious harm or murder.
• For those victims and survivors who require early intervention or recovery support, outreach provision remains patchy and inconsistent.
• Specialist children’s support has been declining with evidence from Women’s Aid’s Annual Survey 2017 showing that the percentage of domestic abuse services providing dedicated support to children and young people fell from 62% in 2010 to 52% in 2017.
• Young people experience some of the highest rates of domestic abuse, at high levels of severity. Despite this, almost one in five police force areas have no specialist support for young people experiencing domestic abuse.
• Fewer than 1% of perpetrators receive an intervention to change their behaviour.