Two women a week are murdered in the UK by their partners, one in four women and one in six men will experience an incident of domestic abuse. These stark statistics demonstrate the prevalence of domestic abuse in the UK today.
In addition, data shows that using fire or the threat of fire is regularly found in domestic abuse incidents, which fire and rescue services attend on a regular basis.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have launched an excellent initiative; from 25 November 2021, the service are providing a safe haven to anyone fleeing domestic abuse. The doors to 47 fire stations across South Wales will be open 24 hours a day, to provide a safe place for the victims to go and access support services for victims of domestic abuse.
At Ince, our lawyers work with many domestic violence organisations providing advice, support and guidance through legal clinics. These clinics help victims of domestic abuse access information about their options as they move forward in breaking free from domestic abuse.
If you know anyone experiencing domestic abuse, encourage and support them to access help from initiatives such as the one just launched by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Womens Aid or Rise. They can also seek advice from specialist family legal advisers, who are able to offer advice on all the options available to protect them and their loved ones from further harm, to build a future free from abuse.
From Thursday, all 47 stations across south Wales will be open for anyone in need of somewhere safe.