Big Lottery Fund Domestic Abuse Research

Big Lottery Fund asked Cordis Bright to look at the work it had funded to address domestic abuse over  five year period and share the learning from that work. The full report, case studies and a review of seven outcome measurement tools can be found on the BLF website. Key findings include:

BLF research on domestic abuse funded work

In April 2015 Big Lottery Fund asked Cordis Bright to look at the work it had funded to address domestic abuse over the last five years and draw out the learning from that body of work. Key findings from the report include:    

Women's Aid Annual Survey 2015

The Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2015 found that:

  • On just one day, 92 women and 75 children were turned away from refuge. For nearly half of the women (45.65%), it was because there was not enough space for them.


Newcastle Women's Aid refuge to close

After over 40 years of providing a specialist refuge for victims of domestic abuse, Newcastle Women's Aid has lost the contract to provide this service. Thirteen Care and Support has won the contract to provide what is described as an integrated domestic abuse service, replacing both the refuge and the independent domestic violence advice service previously delivered by Victim Support. Women's Aid will continue to provide resettlement services, training and, crucially, awareness raising of domestic abuse.

Comic Relief open for applications again

Comic Relief has launched its new Grants Strategy and opened the first of its new funding streams focusing on: Maternal Mental Health; Girls in Gangs and Communities & Sport for Change. Other funding streams to be announced shortly will include a focus on core costs for small organisations and a fund aimed at the women’s sector using money from Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.

Women and Girls Initiative awards announced

Big Lottery Fund has announced the awards made under its Women and Girls Initiative. North East organisations awarded funding are: Angelou Centre; Aspire; A Way Out; Harbour Support Services and Young Women’s Outreach Project. A full list of awards is available on the BLF website.

Addressing Financial Abuse

Citizen's Advice Bureau has produced a framework to help banks, other creditors and advice providers challenge financial abuse in intimate partner relationship. People who are prevented from managing their own finances by an abuser can suffer serious and long-term consequences. As well as complicated financial problems, they are often at risk of other forms of violent, sexual and psychological abuse. Financial abuse is not very often disclosed and not well understood.  It can also be difficult for victims to get the help that they need.


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