Domestic abuse both causes and perpetuates homelessness for women. In this video, Lucy Campbell, Head of Multiple Disadvantage at Single Homeless Project, discusses the intersection of domestic abuse with women’s homelessness and other forms of multiple disadvantage experienced by women. She shares research backed strategies for a ‘whole person’ response over siloed commissioning, aiming to counteract women’s experiences of judgement and blame with strength-based approaches.
Sex workers have long been victims of social polarisation, underpinned by a confusion around the criminal offence of sex work. In a 2016 study involving 240 sex workers in the UK, 49% said they were “unconfident” that the police would take their reports of violence seriously. In this video, DCI Cheryl Rhodes explains how Merseyside Police has expanded the local definition of hate crime to include sex work, and the steps they have taken to coordinate services for victims of sexual violence within the sex work industry.
The 2022 Personal Safety Release from the Office for National Statistics revealed that 4 out of 5 women felt unsafe walking in a park or open space after dark on their own. Lynne Abrams Head of the Interpersonal Abuse Unit in the Home Office, shares policy updates regarding night time safety and the Violence against Women and Girls Strategy.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 to 7 men in the UK will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Michaela Richards, Head of Safer Communities at East Sussex County Council discusses the need for organisations to work in co-production to deliver intersectional support services for survivors and victims of domestic abuse.