Response to figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that more than half of people abused as children are subjected to domestic violence as adults.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, says: “It is appalling that so many people who have suffered in childhood continue to suffer as adults – and the vast majority of these will be women.
“Many women and girls who have experienced violence are deeply traumatised and go on to face multiple problems.
“They may have low self-esteem and mental health problems, in trying to escape abuse they may become homeless or use drugs and alcohol to cope. Each factor makes them more vulnerable to further violence and exploitation.
“At the moment, they are not getting enough support. If we want to stop more and more abused girls becoming abused women we need to start investing in services that help women and girls deal with the trauma they have experienced and rebuild their lives.”
For more information see our Hidden Hurt report.