Domestic abuse

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.

“What about my right not to be abused?” Domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts

This report from Women's Aid and Queen Mary University of London looks at domestic abuse and child contact proceedings in the family courts through the lens of human rights. It is based on the testimonies of 72 women survivors living in England. It uncovers a glaring gender gap in the way human rights are used and understood in the family courts. It also highlights a clear lack of understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse, and new evidence of gender discrimination within the institutional culture of the courts.

Safe at Home: The case for a response to domestic abuse by housing providers

New research by SafeLives and Gentoo looks at the vital role housing providers can play in the response to domestic abuse. Every year, nearly two million people in the UK experience domestic abuse. Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales. Yet thousands of victims do not get the right support at the right time, with SafeLives research showing that 85% of victims seek help five times on average before they get effective help. 

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