Women's Aid Sees Increase In C...


Women's Aid Sees Increase In Calls Over Cost Of Living Crisis

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

09:34 20 Dec 2022

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There's been an increase in calls to a national helpline from women concerned about economic abuse during the cost of living crisis.

Women's Aid says it's witnessed more contacts from those whose partners are withholding child maintenance or restricting the heating in the house.

The domestic violence service is expecting a 17% rise in calls in the New Year, as women deal with the aftermath of Christmas.

CEO Sarah Benson says some women and children will go cold this festive season;

"When and where the light and the heat can be on, and we have women contacting us who would say the heat can only be on in the room where her abusive partner is, not in any other room in the house, including the children's bedrooms."

She says it's used "as a weapon much more so than just having access to funds."

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