UKIP Women and Equalities spokesperson Margot Parker has highlighted the growing concern over thousands of domestic violence victims withdrawing support for charges against abusers after Government cuts
Reports have revealed more than 160,000 victims of domestic violence have been affected – a 40 per cent leap from 2015 to 2016
She said: “This is becoming an increasing concern – it highlights that cuts to policing and specialist services for victims of domestic abuse are pushing people back into dangerous situations, while allowing abusers to escape justice.
“Only last week I praised the work of a Women’s Aid centre in Boston and many others up and down our country, which do sterling work for women.
“This is an example of a vital service which has helped thousands of vulnerable people over the years. It is these types of groups which authorities should support and help them to thrive.
“The reality is many victims of abuse may want to bring charges if they felt the support was there. We must do everything we can to make sure that happens and take this report seriously.
“Safety for victims is the most important factor as they need to feel protected and secure when they make that tough decision to follow through on charges against abusers.”