Women-only services dwindling despite demand

The number of organisations run by women to deal with sexual violence is diminishing, despite still being in high demand, according to research carried out by the Women's Resource Centre.

A survey carried out by the charity showed that 97 per cent of women wanted the right to choose a women-only service after being the victim of sexual assault, but that their access to such services was being threatened.

According to the Women's Resource Centre, orgaisations are being closed because of the perception that they are no-longer needed. “The misconception that women are now equal means that women-only services are seen as outdated and unnecessary,” said a statement from the organisation. “This is resulting in the closure of many women’s organisations that have historically provided safe and empowering women-only spaces and women-led services.”

The charity is concerned that women-only organisations are unable to meet the high demand for their services, which results in long waiting lists and vulnerable women having to be turned away.

“Our research highlights the life changing impact that by-women, for-women organisations have with their ethos of empowering women and meeting their needs holistically,” said Vivienne Hayes, director of WRC. “If the Government fails to address closures and continues to under-resource the sector, the social and economic repercussions will be catastrophic.”

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