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The State is complicit in keeping abused women trapped inside with nowhere to go

Colette Browne


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Domestic violence: A shortage of refuge spaces means many women have no option but to continue to live with their abusers

Domestic violence: A shortage of refuge spaces means many women have no option but to continue to live with their abusers

Domestic violence: A shortage of refuge spaces means many women have no option but to continue to live with their abusers

For most of us, our homes, throughout lockdown, have been a safe space. A sanctuary where we shelter from the danger that lurks outside. But what do you do if the biggest threat resides inside – and your home becomes a cell in which you are trapped with your abuser?

The calls to the helpline for Women’s Aid since March have been horrific. Women have recounted being beaten, strangled, raped and constantly monitored by partners, who have used the pandemic as a pretext to increase violent attacks.


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