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Funding for Domestic Violence Services

Capgemini (2009) found that financial benefits of Supporting People programme for Women at Risk of Domestic Violence were £186.9m per annual against the investment of £68.8. Capgemini calculated that this investment leads to a reduction of the costs of to Criminal Justice System, Health Care,Social Services, Housing, Civil Legal services. Non-financial benefits include improved quality of life for families, greater stability, reduced fear and improved involvement in the community.

It is essential that the Ministers will keep their word on protecting front-line services and  extend the funding for Supporting People services for 2011-14. However it is not just the central-Government we need to convince, but also local Government to spend the money on local services, rather than use it for other purposes.

It is essential that these services are available in any part of the country. Adequate funding will help to save lives, support independent living and provide on-going and long-term savings to economy.

Why does this matter?

According to the British Crime Survey (2010) Domestic violence accounted for 14 per cent of violent incidents and domestic violence crime is likely to be under-reported in face-to-face interviews.Three million womenacross the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, trafficking, or other violence each year (EVAW). It is estimated that violence against women costs society £40 billion each year (New Philanthropy Capital).

The Haven Wolverhampton has been providing services for women and children escaping domestic violence since 1973. In 2009/10 The Haven’s Domestic Violence Helpline received 21520 calls, 309 women and 275 children were supported in emergency accommodation, and over 600 in the community through Floating Support, Advocacy and Counselling services.

Domestic Violence services are significantly underfunded in the country. Many services have been forced to merge, or have been closed or taken over by larger Registered Social Landlords. Smaller women-only providers are struggling to compete in this climate.

These services is the life line for many most vulnerable women. We are very concern of the future of the domestic violence sector and in particular for women's only services.

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