A new national commission is to be launched focusing on domestic abuse against women and girls with complex needs.
The commission will focus on violence against women and girls with multiple disadvantage, who also face issues like substance misuse and poor mental health, helping to inform and influence policy and practice in the domestic and sexual abuse sector.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, says: “Around one in 20 women have experienced extensive physical and sexual violence as both a child and an adult – that’s 1.2million women in England alone.
“Many are deeply traumatised and go onto face multiple problems like very low self-esteem, poor mental and physical health, turning to drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms.
“Thanks to the grant from the Lloyds Foundation, we have a great opportunity to strengthen our response to domestic abuse and the implications it can have for many women and girls.
“We hope this commission will create lasting positive change not only in the sector but also for the thousands of women dealing with these issues.”
Donna Covey, Director of AVA says: ”Many survivors of domestic abuse experience mental ill health and problematic substance use, but services are poorly equipped to provide them with the holistic support they deserve.
“There is also limited capacity and funding for refuges to support women with complex needs. This means women don’t get the support they need to rebuild their lives after abuse.
“Through our grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation we will establish a national commission that will draw much needed attention onto these issues and mean future national policy and practice on domestic abuse reflects the reality and complex nature of people’s lives.”
The commission is due to be launched later this year.