70% of UK adults want their local council to fund domestic violence services

New survey shows that voters feel strongly about the provision of high-quality, specialist support for victims of domestic violence


With county council elections just a week away, a new poll by EVAW shows that 70% of voters feel that their local council should fund services such as refuges for women escaping domestic violence and support for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence.

81% of UK adults feel it is important that there are specialist services run by women for female victims of abuse. Refuge is the country’s largest provider of specialist services for women and children escaping domestic violence, with a national network of services including refuges, community outreach, advocacy, culturally specific services and child support workers.

86% of survey respondents feel that it is important that domestic violence services “are staffed by people with experience and knowledge of the needs of abuse victims”. Refuge’s staff are highly trained in the complex dynamics of domestic violence and backed by 40 years of experience supporting women and children.

Half of survey respondents feel that the law should require local councils to fund services for abused women and children; there is currently no such requirement, and the provision of specialist domestic violence services around the UK is currently something of a “postcode lottery”, with many services threatened with closure due to funding cuts.

Take action and call on your local election candidates to make violence against women and girls a priority. Click here for more information and a template letter to download.

For more information about the survey, click here, or to find out more about Refuge’s services click here.