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Domestic Abuse – A Unified Approach

Posted on: 6 June, 2024

In the past year, 2.1 million people aged 16+ experienced domestic abuse, highlighting a staggering scale of harm. Despite the Domestic Abuse Act 2021’s progress, challenges persist, particularly for migrant survivors. A comprehensive approach must address all affected individuals, yet support remains inconsistent, with significant barriers for men, LGBTQ+ survivors, and non-English speakers.  

Housing issues exacerbate the problem, with many victims staying with abusers due to lack of alternatives. Digital advancements have introduced new forms of abuse, and rising online misogyny fuels offline violence. To hold perpetrators to account and address this epidemic-level violence requires urgent, inclusive, and innovative solutions across the political spectrum. 

Maria Cripps, Assistant Director of Domestic Abuse at Cranstoun, said:

“A General Election is an opportunity for us all to set out what we expect from our government going forward. We’re making these recommendations around domestic abuse, which would help to address the gender-based violence crisis.

“The scale of domestic abuse in this country is staggering, and while the Domestic Abuse Act has taken some initial steps forward there is still so much to be done. A funding crisis in the domestic abuse sector means victim-survivors face a postcode lottery for support, compounded by significant barriers to access for marginalised groups such as migrants and LGBTQ+ people.

“As a country we need to take prevention of this harm more seriously, investing in interventions with perpetrators to end the cycle of violence and ensuring we reach young people before unhealthy behaviours and beliefs become embedded. We hope that these recommendations will help drive forward a unified approach to ending the devastating impact of domestic abuse.”

Here are our solutions:

  • Address barriers to support for all victim-survivors, including migrants and LGBTQ+ people.
  • Provide consistent nationwide perpetrator interventions at every level of harm.
  • Invest in long-term funding for specialist domestic abuse services.
  • Ensure accurate and consistent data collection on incidences of domestic abuse, including demographic breakdowns.
  • Ensure a wrap-around, multi-agency approach to ending domestic abuse.
  • Challenge online sexist radicalisation and youth-perpetrated interpersonal violence.

View our full report and recommendations here

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