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Posted | 29, 11, 2016

#ChangeHerStory - a joint open letter to MPs from Women's Aid across the UK

#ChangeHerStory - a joint open letter to MPs from Women's Aid across the UK

Dear Members of Parliament,   All of us have the right to live free from violence and abuse. Yet violence against women taints all of our communities throughout the United Kingdom; it is rife inEngland, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Posted | 09, 12, 2016

A Race To The Top: adopting a needs-based approach to commissioning specialist services

A Race To The Top: adopting a needs-based approach to commissioning specialist services

Local Authorities in Scotland are not having an easy time of it. The cuts being handed down from Westminster are having a dire impact on not only local authorities and their staff, but also on services and the communities that they were set up to support. Our annual funding survey of the network of 36 Women’s Aid groups in Scotland showed that 97% of respondents received budget cuts or standstill local authority funding in 2015/16.

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Posted | 25, 11, 2016

More than a number

More than a number

On any given day in 2015, 95 women and 11 children contacted Women’s Aid for the very first time. On any given day, 347 women and 331 children were living in a Women’s Aid refuge. On any given day 33 women and 30 children asked for refuge and for 9 women and 7 children there was no suitable accommodation. On any given day 789 women and 348 children are supported by a Women’s Aid group. But women and children are more than numbers.

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