Domestic Violence Related Deaths ‘will rise due to funding cuts’
More women and children will die as a result of domestic violence due to a “shocking gap” in funding for UK services warned the head of Women’s Aid.
It is reported that specialist domestic violence services in the UK are nearing a “breaking point” after receiving funding cuts which affect the entire network of providers in England said Polly Neate chief executive of Women’s Aid.
Ms Neate wrote an open letter to Home Secretary Theresa May the cabinet minister responsible for crime policy stating: “The worrying instability in service funding is made clear in Women’s Aid’s annual survey released today. A third of our providers are expecting to receive less money from local authorities this year – on top of already drastic cuts in the past few years.
“More women are seeking support from outreach services than before and more women with serious mental health support needs are approaching our services. The need for specialist services is growing but provision is beginning to shrink to dangerous levels.”
“I fear that the scale of cuts to local authority funding for specialist domestic violence services will now prevent your government from achieving its ambitions. We have reached a crisis and the result will be more women and children killed and hurt though domestic violence.”
According to the Women’s Aid survey one day this year nearly 155 women and 103 children will not be able to get into a refuge because there won’t be facilities for them due to funding cuts.
The survey showed that over the 150 providers who participated in the survey 112 specialists posts were cut because of funding. Almost half of providers were using services without any government funding.
Three in 10 services who need local authority funding faced budget cuts and a fifth are unaware as to whether they will receive any funding from the council in the financial years.
Women’s Aid want local gender specific specialist domestic violence providers to receive adequate funding for new arrangements so that services are not losing rental income and faced with the prospect of closure.
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