The Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales Nicole Jacobs has launched a survey open to survivors who have used or thought about using domestic abuse services in the last three years.
Jacobs sees the initiative as the first step to ending what she termed as the shocking postcode lottery of services across the two nations.
“We know from reviews following domestic abuse-related homicides that key failings are the lack of understanding about domestic abuse in services and wider society which leads to victims not getting or being signposted to the support they need,” she said.
“We also know that the specialist services for domestic abuse are often under strain and are underfunded.
“All victims across England and Wales deserve equal access to the services that they need to keep them safe and to help bring perpetrators to justice,” she added.
She wants people from all parts of England and Wales and all types of minority groups to participate in order to build up a full picture of what services are available.