Ellie Ames 26 February 2024

Domestic abuse services ‘at risk of disappearing’

Domestic abuse services ‘at risk of disappearing’ image
Image: Ground Picture / Shutterstock.com

Urgent action is needed to protect domestic abuse services as the local authority financial crisis ‘spirals out of control’, the domestic abuse commissioner has warned.

The financial pressure facing councils means non-statutory domestic abuse services are likely to be cut back or cut altogether, leaving victims at risk of serious harm and even homicide, Nicole Jacobs said.

Victims from minority communities will be most at risk as they face additional barriers in accessing support and a lack of services to meet their needs, the commissioner added.

Ms Jacobs said: ‘We are standing on the edge of a precipice. If urgent action is not taken, lifesaving services will disappear, risking the safety of thousands of victims and survivors.’

She has urged local government secretary Michael Gove to take ‘decisive action’ and is calling for a legal duty to fund domestic abuse services in the Victims and Prisoners Bill.

The chair of the Local Government Association’s safer, stronger communities board, Heather Kidd, said: ‘Only with long-term, reliable funding, can councils help safeguard individuals and families from the physical and psychological harm caused by domestic abuse.’

Ending the ‘care cliff’ image

Ending the ‘care cliff’

Katharine Sacks-Jones, CEO of Become, explains what local authorities can do to prevent young people leaving care from experiencing the ‘care cliff'.
The new Centre for Young Lives image

The new Centre for Young Lives

Anne Longfield CBE, the chair of the Commission on Young Lives, discusses the launch of the Centre for Young Lives this month.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Careers Project Support Officer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£32,955 - £39,933

Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Work Experience Project Lead

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£43,434 - £52,632

Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Family Worker (Link Role)

Essex County Council
£30931 - £35362 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Family Worker (Link Role)Permanent, Full Time£30,931 to £35,362 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Travel Trainer

Essex County Council
£22361 - £23821 per annum
Travel TrainerPermanent, Full TimeUp to £23,821 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Alternative Provision and Section 19

North Yorkshire Council
£73,755
This position offers a unique leadership role that will allow you to continue to develop and transform services Northallerton, North Yorkshire/ Hybrid
Recuriter: North Yorkshire Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.