Findings from a new Women’s Aid report show the shocking impact of the cost of living crisis, as 15.4% of women supported by the charity’s No Woman Turned Away project report not having enough money to pay for essentials such as food for themselves and their children, phone bills, or transportation whilst waiting for a refuge space. This is an increase of 4% from the previous year. The No Woman Turned Away project, which since 2016 has provided vital support for women and children unable to access refuge provision, has been working alongside local services to ensure the most vulnerable survivors have access to the support they need when they need it the most. Based on the project’s work during 2022, the report highlights the numerous challenges faced by women most marginalised by society when it comes to accessing help to escape domestic abuse. For the 254 women who engaged and finished being supported by the No Woman Turned Away Project between 1st January and 31st December 2022, 40.2% of women came from Black and minority backgrounds, 36.5% had no recourse to public funds and 24.4% had a disability. The report demonstrates that due to the continued impact of the cost of living crisis and the lack of suitable refuges, women who were unable to find place in a suitable refuge faced greater risks, including homelessness or being forced to remain with the perpetrator.
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