The government is still failing to properly protect women from domestic violence, a new report claims.
Campaign group End Violence Against Women (EVAW) said that there are still “critical frontline failings” in support for women, despite the progress made in the last decade.
Funding for domestic violence services is still “precarious”, according to EVAW’s newly published report. The group alleged that local government cuts were putting such services at risk. They also criticised data collection on the issue as “not good enough”. Without more complete information, it is not possible to perform “a comprehensive analysis” of the problem and better advise how to deal with it, the report read.
EVAW co-chair Liz Kelly said there was “a strong policy framework on violence against women and girls in place” which is a significant improvement on how things were in 2005, but there was still progress to be made.
“The most marginalised women, including women in prostitution and asylum seeking women, have very few rights to protection and support.”
Report author Holly Dustin said there had been “multiple scandals” in the last ten years including several cases of child grooming and the revelations about the late Jimmy Savile. She insisted there was “huge demand from the public to put an end to these scandals”.