Agenda’s response to data from the Office for National Statistics which found that some groups of women were much more likely to be at risk of partner abuse, including young women, those living in poverty and those with disabilities, as well as bisexual women and women of mixed ethnicity.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, says: “Being on low incomes, living in insecure housing and being disabled not only makes women more likely to experience abuse in the first place – it also makes it harder for them to leave.
“Too many face the very real risk of poverty and homelessness when they try to escape, leaving them vulnerable to further abuse and exploitation.
“It is particularly alarming that so many girls and young women are at risk as, without appropriate support, it can have a huge detrimental impact on the rest of their lives.
“Vital services which provide a lifeline to women and girls are being cut and are closing down. This is unacceptable.
“The government on a national and local level need to make this a priority and invest in services that support women and girls so that they are not consigned to lives filled with violence, but are able to rebuild and fulfil their potential.”
Agenda’s reports Hidden Hurt and Joining the Dots show that women who have experienced abuse are more likely to face a range of other disadvantages including being disabled, having poor mental and physical health, living in poverty and in poor quality housing.