Hard knock life: Violence against women, a guide for donors

You probably think you don’t know a woman who has been affected by domestic or sexual violence. But since nearly one in every two women in the UK has experienced abuse, chances are you do.

Hard knock life, NPC’s report on violence against women, shows donors that there are proven ways to keep women safe and help women recover from abuse.

Did you know?

  • A woman is more likely to be sexually assaulted than she is to get breast cancer
  • Two thirds of women in prostitution started before they were 16
  • 3,000 forced marriages take place in the UK every year.

Private donors can make a huge difference in this sector by:

  • preventing the problem happening, by working with vulnerable girls who might grow up to become victims, or by changing the attitudes of the general public towards the issue of violence against women.
  • supporting charities that provide specialist services for victims and help to keep them safe, including counselling and support through the justice system.

In 2009 NPC carried out research into the sustainability and stability of the violence against women sector on behalf of the Government Equalities Office. Click here to read the report.

 There is no national rape helpline in England and Wales and there are far fewer rape crisis centres than there were twenty years ago. Victims that go to a rape crisis centre find it immensely helpful, so it makes no sense that more don’t exist.

Angela Kail, report author