Protecting women's services

Specialist violence against women support services are essential for helping women flee violence and rebuild their lives.

There is currently patchy provision around the UK of specialist women's services and we demonstrated this graphically in our joint project with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Map of Gaps.

The most recent authoritative assessment of the impact of public spending cuts on women's services is here.

Local elections May 2014 - asking candidates to take the #WomensSafetyPledge

EVAW and our supporters campaigned in the May 2013 local elections for candidates to commit to protecting women's services and this year are asking candidates to sign up to the #WomensSafetyPledge: protecting women's specialist services, making sure schools are safe for girls, ensuring safety for women in public and private and buiding a strategy to end abuse. Get involved, take action, find out who has signed up and more here.

Police and Crime Commissioners - resources and information

EVAW and our members campaigned in the first PCC elections in November 2012 - we lobbied candidates to commit to ensuring tackling violence agaimnst women and girtls was a policing and a victims priority. More here.

Resources on women's services

A Growing Crisis of Unmet Need: What the figures alone don't show you, Women's Aid 2013

Imkaan Accredited Quality Standards for working with black and minority ethnic women and girls and harmful practices: Forced marriage, FGM and ‘Honour-based’ violence, Imkaan

The impact of changes in commissioning and funding of women-only services Equality and Human Rights Commission 2012

Scottish Women's Aid Report on funding of services

Vital Statistics 2 R K Thiara & S Roy, Imkaan 2012

Women's Aid Survey 2011 Women's Aid England, March 2011

TUC Women and the Cuts Toolkit TUC and Coventry Women's Voices 2011

Using Equalities Legislation to Defend Women's Services: A Practical Toolkit for the Women's Aid movement in Wales  Welsh Women's Aid

'Journey Towards Safety' Ashiana, November 2011

'Hear and Now: Women in the criminal justice system making changes in their lives Women in Prison, 2011