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Domestic violence increasingly driving referrals for family grant awards

Buttle UK sees increase of 35% in cases involving children aged under five

The number of grants awarded by Buttle UK to families affected by domestic abuse rose by 22% between 2015 and 2016. 

Nearly 10,000 children referred to the organisation last year had been affected by domestic abuse – out of these 3,384 children were aged four or under. This represents an increase of 35% on the number of cases in this age group compared to the year before. The figures arise from Buttle UK's analysis of its own records.

Although Buttle UK's grant-giving was set up to support children and young people who are in financial hardship and are dealing with other serious social issues, domestic abuse is consistently becoming the primary reason for referrals.

During the last five years, in 27% of cases domestic violence has been cited as the primary or secondary reason for support.  This equates to 15,483 of 57,024 cases referred to us during this time.

Over the same period, 35,380 children and young people out of 121,540 supported by grants were affected by domestic abuse.  There was a 29% increase in the number of children in this category last year. The types of abuse registered included physical, mental and sexual abuse. In most cases the children had witnessed the abuse taking place in the home, often on an ongoing basis. Buttle UK believes this to be the 'tip of the iceberg'.

Over the last three years Buttle UK have been piloting an innovative new approach to supporting children affected by domestic abuse.  It has been providing grants up to the value of £2,000 that can be spent on a wide range of items and costs designed to:

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