Government fails to properly fund domestic abuse refuges: a war on the vulnerable

Domestic violence: 60 per cent of people fleeing domestic abuse are refused access to refuges. The government says it is providing more funding but one in six refuges have closed since 2010.

A Conservative mouthpiece was on the BBC’s Politics Live this morning, saying that Brexit must be pushed through because it was stopping MPs from dealing with poverty that affects £14 million people in the UK today.

But the foul funding of refuges shows that Tories are lying – or at least being frugal with the truth – about any intention to tackle poverty or help vulnerable people.

In fact, Tory behaviour is more like a war on the vulnerable.

Oh, they announce huge amounts of funding – like the £15m raised by Robert Jenrick – but they don’t mention that it won’t actually help any individuals.

What is the intention, then? Is it just to appear saintly while actually damning people in hard times to intolerable living conditions?

The government has been criticised for failing to offer a sustainable funding solution to refuges providing support to women fleeing domestic abuse which have been “ravaged” by austerity measures.

Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, has announced an additional £15 million for refuges and safe accommodation projects in 2020 to 2021.

However, frontline service providers have hit out at the pledge and argue it will not help to tackle the “funding crisis” faced by refuges because it does not provide money which can be spent on day to day costs of service provision.

One in six refuges have closed since 2010 and local authority spending on refuges has been slashed from £31.2m in 2010 to £23.9m in 2017. Some 60 per cent of women are turned away from refuges because there is not enough space.

Source: Government criticised for failing to provide sustainable funding solution to domestic abuse refuges | The Independent

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


No Comments

  1. 4foxandhare October 23, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I was a care worker in a Women’s Refuge for six years and believe me, we provided vital support and saved many women from abuse from their husbands/partners.

    • Mike Sivier October 23, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Nobody’s suggesting you didn’t.

      The point isn’t that they aren’t doing the job; they are. It’s that one in six refuges have closed because they’re not getting the funding they need.

  2. John David Ingleson October 24, 2019 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    “… The government says it is providing more funding …”
    But they never tell you by how much less of an increase it is than the rate of inflation – or increase in population – or compensating for slashing spending in half for the last decade!?
    And now they have a dastardly way to dazzle you with ‘Billions’ – creative accounting:
    just quote aspirational five/ten year ‘proposed’ future spending budgets, pick a number from your rear end, numbered in billions, Yeah! – As George Carlin might have said: ‘Simplez’, you are, if you believe it!

Leave A Comment