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.