Paying a High Price for Abuse; Ahead of a Women's Aid Conference in Newcastle Today, HANNAH DAVIES Speaks to Deputy Chief Executive Nicki Norman on Why Finance Is So Important in Helping Women to a Brighter Future
WOMEN fleeing a violent partner often leave with little or nothing financially. That is why a conference taking place at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle today is looking at how domestic violence workers, along with financial advisers, can help women out of the financial hole in which they are often left.
According to recent British Crime Survey figures, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, some on a number of occasions and often alongside psychological abuse.
In the North East, there are 17 organisations offering refuge accommodation which jointly provide 50 separate houses for survivors of domestic violence.
According to figures provided by Women's Aid, on a typical day in 2011, 30 women who were seeking refuge in the North East were unable to be accommodated due to lack of space. This equates to 7,500 annually.
Nicki Norman, deputy chief executive of Women's Aid, says: "Domestic abuse is a whole range of abusive behaviours. …