Map of Gaps
Each year, 3 million women in Britain experience rape, domestic violence, stalking or other violence, but our Map of Gaps study shows that women who need vital support services face a postcode lottery.
One in four local authority areas provide no specialised support services in their area for women who experience violence. This means a woman's access to crucial support is vastly influenced by where she lives and women living in some areas continue to suffer violence without any specialised support at all.
We are calling on local and national government to work together to make sure all women in all parts of Britain have equal access to specailised support services - helpline, rape crisis centres, refuges and domestic violence outreach projects.
Read more about the Map of Gaps
Following the Map of Gaps 2 report (2009), the Commission wrote to all local authorities that were identified as having no specialised support for women. The responses of 93 local authorities were reviewed and letters and guidance were sent to all of them by 22 September 2009. All have now responded to our satisfaction. Read more.
The Coalition Government produced its strategic vision on violence against women and girls in November 2010, followed by an action plan which was published in March 2011. You can view these on the Home Office website.
Last Updated: 04 Feb 2014