Services provided for Domestic Abuse Victims By Councils In England and Wales – January 2015

Introduction:

During the period August to December in 2014, PARITY, using Freedom of Information Requests (see page 5), undertook a survey of a random selection of 49 City and Metropolitan Councils (City/Metro) and 35 County Councils, in England and Wales, to find out what services they provided or funded for victims of domestic abuse (DA) in their areas.

Information on such services:

Was received from 45 City/Metro, and 33 County Councils. Three other City/Metro Councils advised that DA services were mainly provided by their County Council and not by them, and thus could provide only partial or no information. One other City/Metro Council relied on a Housing Association for such services and also provided no information. Two other County Councils approached provided only partial information.

Data on services:

Overall, the majority of the 78 Councils responding provided some form of shared services generally for both male and female victims, although this extended only to outreach or support for male victims in the case of eleven authorities (6 City/Metro and 5 County). Two City/Metro Councils and two County Councils appeared to provide no routine or specific services at all for male victims. 62 Councils (33 City/Metro and 29 County) provided refuges or had access to refuge accommodation by Women’s Aid or other organization for female victims and their children. Only two Councils, both County, provided specific refuge accommodation for male victims and their children.

A summary of the extent by type of services provided by Councils:

is given below in Table 1 and the proportions by type of service for all responding Councils shown in Chart 1.
More detailed summaries are given for City/Metropolitan and County Councils in Tables 2 and 3 respectively below.

Data on funding:

6 Seventy six Councils (43 City/Metro and 33 County) of the 78 Councils listed in Tables 2 and 3 below provided annual funding details (mostly for year 2013/14). Total funding by these Councils for the annual period amounted to £51.4 million (£25.9 City/Metro and £25.5 million County). 14 Councils were not able to provide a breakdown of their total. Total funding by the remaining 62 Councils amounted to £40.9 million (£21.7 million City/Metro and £19.2 million County). Of this some £17.1 million funded shared services, an average proportion of about 43% of this total. However, in many cases, the proportion was much less than this. Almost all the remainder of total funding related to services specifically for female victims, either directly or through women’s refuges. Only six of the Councils (3 City/Metro and 3 County) provided a breakdown for allocated funding specifically for male victims, this amounting to a mere £118 thousand.

Comments:

The information provided suggests that, except for an IDVA service, fewer than half of authorities responding claimed or appeared to provide some form of shared low-level support services, excluding refuge provision, on a gender neutral basis. Also, whilst 79% of Councils (73% City/Metro and 88% County) provided a refuge service for female victims and their children, only 28% (29% City/Metro and 27% County) appeared to provide emergency accommodation for male victims and their children in lieu of refuge provision.

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