Key findings

Key findings 2009

  • Over a quarter of local authorities in GB offer no specialised service at all.
  • Although domestic violence services makes up almost three quarters of provision, this is not available in all areas.
  • Other forms of violence are represented by no more than a quarter of GB's specialised services, so women suffering violence such as sexual assault and female genital mutilation are even more under-supported.
  • Women living in the East of England and the South East have far fewer services to turn to than those living elsewhere.
  • Fewer than 3% of local authorities, or 11 out of 408, offer a diversity of services.
  • Over the last twelve months investment has been focused on the statutory sector, and criminal justice based responses: sixty per cent of all new services mapped are located here, whereas in the women’s voluntary sector specialised services have remained static or in some cases diminished.
  • All Local Authorities in Wales and Scotland have at least one service but 30 per cent (109) in England have no service.
  • Women living in Glasgow have the best support because the Local Authority prioritises women's safety and takes a strategic approach to violence against women.

View the report cards for each nation and government region.

View the maps that show the distribution of services across Britain.

Download the report:  Map of Gaps 2 (2009) (Pdf)

Key findings 2007

One in three local authorities in the UK did not have Rape Crisis Centres or other specialized violence against women support services at all. Fewer than one in ten local authorities had specialized support services for ethnic minority women that would deal with issues like forced marriage and help with language and immigration problems.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2014