What Domestic Violence Tells Us About Politicians
It’s a well-known fact that a donkey sanctuary in Devon made more money in 2008 than the UK’s domestic violence charities combined, and that donkeys are always a much more popular choice of cause.
Victims of domestic violence need specialist support, and any funding at all helps - so it’s shocking that while the donkeys in Devon are going strong, every last women’s refuge in that county has had their funding cut. And sadly, things are only getting worse.
Since 2010, 17% of domestic violence services have been shut down thanks to government cuts, and that figure is set to increase thanks to a new wave of savings being made. But figures released by Women’s Aid today should act as a warning to politicians - closing refuges, they say, tells voters that you don’t care.