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Victims and survivors of domestic abuse let down by fragmented system in Wales

Auditor General finds that information on prevalence is unreliable

Information on the prevalence of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales is unreliable and there is no clear picture of its extent. There is a gap in data about which victims, survivors and perpetrators use public services and what services are made available.

The problems are revealed in a report from the Auditor General which examines how the new duties and responsibilities of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act (2015) are being rolled out and delivered across the country.

While some good progress has been made with regional working, awareness raising and the roll out of training, progress on delivering the key aspects of the Act is poor and has not had the desired impact. In particular, funding of key services remains challenging with too many different overlapping and inconsistent approaches across Wales.

Preventative work is progressing in some areas and making a real difference for victims and survivors. Swansea's Domestic Abuse Hub and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's 'Resilient Families' programme are good examples of how services are improving. Nonetheless, much work remains to be done if public bodies are to respond consistently and effectively and provide the help that survivors and victims' need.

The report makes a number of recommendations including:

Auditor General, Adrian Crompton, said:

"I am publishing this report just before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It's concerning to find that, four years after the introduction of this ground-breaking legislation, victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence are still being let down by an inconsistent and complex system."

For the report, click here.