By Nevres Kemal
A recent Sky News investigation has highlighted the devastating impact the cost of living crisis is having on victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence.
While the rapidly rising cost of living is undoubtedly causing pain for so many around the UK, those living in constant fear of domestic abuse face very unique challenges.
Economic abuse is often part and parcel of domestic abuse – with victims being controlled financially and cut off from their own savings or earnings. In such situations, they may be given access to small amounts of money to pay for essential items such as food, for example, but these paltry ‘allowances’ will now be squeezed further still.
In addition to this specific kind of domestic abuse, the crisis will be creating situations where perpetrators may be spending more time in the home, in turn exposing women to increased harm, just as we saw during recent lockdowns.
Additionally, women who do escape domestic abuse may be finding it harder to manage alone due to the increased cost of living, and, unfortunately, these financial pressures are also affecting some refuges and their ability to continue to provide accommodation.
With this in mind, at RMVF we want women to know that, no matter where in the country you’re based, we are here to help you – and that includes providing women-only refuge housing as well as guidance around access to finance and welfare support.
When you’re read to take those first steps to safety, call our confidential helpline on 0737 63 48 663.
*Information will be coming soon regarding provision and referrals*
For further information about spotting the signs of economic abuse, take a look at the information provided by specialist charity, Surviving Economic Abuse.
Remember, if you are in immediate danger, call 999.
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