Agenda and AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) are delighted to announce the launch of Mapping the Maze, a research project funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, looking at what specialist services for women exist across the substance misuse, criminal justice, homelessness and mental health sectors in England and Wales.
Key findings include:
- In only 19 areas of England and Wales (out of 173) can women access services that address all of the following issues: substance misuse, mental health, homelessness, offending for women and complex needs.
- Nine areas of the country appeared not to have any services for women facing multiple disadvantage.
- Most services address single issues like substance misuse or mental health, which can see women being passed around services and unable to address the full range of issues they face.
- Women value feeling safe in caring women-only environments where they are heard and understood, have support that is flexible and accessible and does not feel rushed.