The UK’s cost-of-living crisis is leading to an increase in domestic abuse cases and need for refuge spaces, according to Hestia.
The refuge provider says it has seen a 30% rise in demand for spaces and support in the first quarter, and families are having to stay in refuges for longer as the cost of rehousing them “rockets” due to price rises.
The cost of rehoming a single mother with two children is now £5,000 more expensive than two years ago, according to analysis by Loughborough University.
“The cost-of-living crisis is having a detrimental impact on those experiencing domestic abuse. Families are coming under significant strain. We need to act quickly, and we need to act now,” said Hestia’s chief executive Patrick Ryan.