Domestic abuse can be easy to spot in a loved one, but would you know what to do in this situation? If you have a friend, family member or colleague who is experiencing domestic abuse, how can you help?
The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Economics of Abuse
The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Economics of Abuse is the first thematic report from the Women's Aid series in 2019. Their Annual Audit will be published later this month.
Economic abuse is often misunderstood but it is a key tactic used by perpetrators of domestic abuse to control their partner and stop her from leaving. The Domestic Abuse Report 2019: The Economics ofAbuse explores the relationship between domestic abuse and economic resources, looking at the needs and experiences of survivors around finances, welfare, housing and employment (economic needs), and how these needs are met by specialist domestic abuse services.
This research study explores the response of the criminal justice system to women who kill abusive men. Through in-depth interviews with some key practitioners, and most crucially with women themselves, we examine the extent to which the law itself, and the way the law is applied, prevent women accessing justice.
Official statistics show that women are more likely to be killed by men who have a history of abusing them, whereas men are rarely killed by intimate partners.
According to official statistics;
38% of female victims of homicide were killed by a partner or ex-partner compared with 4% of male victims;
The most recent Femicide Census report which collects data on women who have been killed by men in the UK, found that a history of previous abuse to the victim was evident in 59% (n=611) of the 1,042 femicides committed by an intimate partner or relative;
In contrast, this research shows that women who kill their partners do so in the context of being subjected to abuse from the men they kill. In 77% (n=71) of the cases included in this research, there is evidence to suggest that women had experienced violence or abuse from the deceased.
To read more here are the executive summary and the full research reports available to download.
The responses from the survey show that stalking advocates play a critical role in supporting a victim’s safety and wellbeing, as well as improving outcomes for those wanting to pursue cases within the criminal justice system. The overwhelming majority of respondents reported that their stalking advocate helped them to navigate the criminal justice system (90%) and improved their overall situation (88%).
Over one-third of respondents who were supported by a stalking advocate said their stalking advocate helped them report to the police, and approximately one in four said their stalking advocate helped them on their journey to getting their stalker charged, prosecuted, or convicted. Stalking advocates also helped victims to understand their rights, log evidence, apply for protective orders, and stay up to date on their case. In many cases stalking advocates represented the victim when dealing with police, courts, solicitors, and other professionals within the criminal justice system.
Respondents also said their stalking advocate was vital in ameliorating their overall wellbeing and mental health. Approximately three out of four respondents said their stalking advocate had validated their experiences and confirmed that they were experiencing stalking. Stalking advocates also helped respondents by assessing risk, creating safety plans, and empowering them to take next steps. It was not uncommon for respondents to express how lost they would have been without their advocate’s support.
The survey results demonstrate that stalking advocates have a significant and positive impact on the experiences of stalking victims: yet only one in four respondents worked with one. Many expressed their desire to be connected with a stalking advocate and believed that having a stalking advocate would have greatly improved their situation. Furthermore, only 15% of all respondents who reported to police were referred to a stalking advocate by the police, highlighting the need for better responses from those within the criminal justice system. The report concludes with policy recommendations for the government and criminal justice system, as well as a list of UK organisations that provide specialised stalking support.
We were absolutely thrilled when we was selected to meet with King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla on the 7th March 2023 when they visited Colchester in relation to it’s new City status.
As the local domestic abuse service provider we was specifically requested to be in attendance when the Royal party visited Colchester Castle.
We feel so privileged to have been able to speak to the Queen Consort about the work we do to support survivors of domestic abuse and to shine a light once again on an issue that all to often remains hidden.