The Key Ideas

#70 Ensure proper funding for women's refuge shelters to support women and children who have suffered from domestic abuse

For gender-based sexual violence and domestic abuse, support for women's aid shelters and other means of protecting vulnerable women and children need to be properly funded so that professionals can do their job. Evidence shows that women who have suffered from domestic abuse list higher incomes, access to housing, and childcare as priority issues above refuges. But with the introduction of universal credit, with its payments on a household rather than an individual basis, it is likely to make the issue of financial independence for vulnerable women more severe. Below a case is made for a flexible 'social security' fund to be created, of which a part should be dedicated to making sure that victims of domestic abuse can be supported in ways that ensure they are not made to be reliant on their abuser.