Domestic abuse

Women who are experiencing domestic abuse are nearly three times as likely to develop mental illness – new research published

Academics at the University of Birmingham have identified a significant association between mental illness and domestic abuse in UK women.

Up until now, there has been confusion whether the mental illness or the abuse came first and very few previous studies have been able to demonstrate the direction of the relationship.

This new study is the first of its kind in the UK to clearly show that the relationship runs both ways and the key findings were:

Report launch: Benefits or barriers? Making social security work for survivors of violence and abuse across the UK’s four nations

Aspects of the social security system undermine the UK Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill.

Economic abuse is included in a statutory definition of abuse in the draft Domestic Abuse Bill; but the Bill’s potential is undermined by aspects of the benefits system that give additional scope for abusers to misuse benefits (e.g. the Universal Credit single payment) and by failing to meet survivors’ needs.

Read the full report here.

Women are bearing the brunt of the Government’s inaction on social care

Women are bearing the brunt of the Government’s inaction on social care, says Age UK, with ‘sandwich carers’ especially badly hit

On International Women’s Day 2019 Age UK warns that women are generally being hurt the most by the lack of care and support

‘Sandwich carers’ are under particular pressure and most (68%) are women

This International Women’s Day marks the 2nd anniversary of the Government’s broken promise to fix social care with a Green Paper

House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Domestic Abuse: Rights of Women submission

Rights of Women submission to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Domestic Abuse. This response concentrates on access to legal aid for women survivors. Legal aid was not a specific area of enquiry under the Government consultation, despite its relevance and ability to impact on the success of a wide range of measures that are proposed as inclusions in the Bill. 

Nowhere to turn 2018: Findings from the second year of the No Woman Turned Away project

Findings from the second year of the No Woman Turned Away project, which supported 264 women between 12th January 2017 and 11th January 2018 who were left with nowhere to turn at a time when they were at their most vulnerable. This left some of them at risk of homelessness and further abuse from the perpetrator. Over one in ten women supported on the project (11.7%) were forced to sleep rough during their search for a refuge, of which three women were pregnant and five women had their children with them.

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