All but three percent of Refuge staff said the cost-of-living crisis has had a significant or severe impact, and many women depend on food banks for essentials.
Emily, who works at a charity that supports survivors of abuse, said: “Working with victims of domestic violence during this crisis has been heartbreaking.”
“Recently, a survivor I worked with returned to an abusive partner because she felt she just couldn’t live alone as a single parent due to her lack of financial security.”
Emily, not using her real name to protect her identity, said: “No woman should feel she has no choice but to stay with or even return to an abusive partner because she doesn’t enough to meet their basic needs.”
“The government cannot sit idly by as more women feel forced to make this devastating choice.” “Something must be done urgently to protect the survivors.”
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed in the Refuge survey said the cost-of-living crisis is increasing barriers to leaving an abuser, while 92 percent said survivors are getting further into debt.
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She said that as a single parent, the cost of living crisis has had a big impact.
She revealed: “Every day costs are going up and it’s a constant struggle to make the money work. I always worry about unexpected expenses and with the school holidays coming up means more worries about how to afford to keep the cupboards full and keep my children entertained.’ “There seems to be no end in sight to this crisis.”
She revealed: “Every day costs are going up and it’s a constant struggle to make the money work. I always worry about unexpected expenses and with the school holidays coming up means more worries about how to afford to keep the cupboards full and entertain my child.’ “There seems to be no end in sight to this crisis.”
The 29-year-old, whose name has been changed, said many questions go through the minds of survivors when they think about fleeing the violence.
She said: “Starting the opening and uprooting my life in a brand new city is scary, but I know for sure that it was the right decision for me.”
“Hearing that other survivors have to weigh the risk to their personal safety if they stay with the perpetrator or face potential poverty if they leave is devastating.”