Charity records 120 domestic abuse cases in a day

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Image caption The charity warned that cutting funding would affect the service they provide

A snapshot of women seeking help for domestic abuse has recorded more than 120 cases in a single day.

Scottish Women's Aid said that during a 24-hour census on 22 September, 123 women appealed to the charity for help.

On that day, the group said they also provided support on issues such as accommodation to 1,188 women, children and young people.

The charity has released the figures to warn against a feared 40% funding cut to Scottish Women's Aid.

On the day of the census, there were 350 women and 351 children and young people aged under 19 in refuge.

However, the charity said limited space meant it had been unable to provide refuge to 16 women and 20 children who were turned away.

The other key reason women and children were not accommodated on the day was because they wanted to move out of an area.

'Vulnerable people'

Of these, nine women and 11 children and young people had to stay where they were, though some found temporary accommodation elsewhere.

Scottish Women's Aid manager Lily Greenan said: "More and more women, children and young people each year rely on women's aid to help them to rebuild their lives free from domestic abuse.

"We need to ensure that appropriate help and support is available to them when they need it.

"Scottish Women's Aid is calling on the Scottish government to ensure that dedicated funding streams such as the Violence Against Women's Fund and the Children's Services Fund continue to provide support to these women, children and young people.

"These funds, which provide on average 40% of women's aid groups funding, come to an end in March 2011 and no decision has been made about their future."

A Scottish government spokeswoman said the decision on funding would be made in March 2011.

She said: "But it is important to say that organisations such as Scottish Women's Aid who support vulnerable people do worthy jobs and it is a priority for us to continue to support them."

On the issue of refuge places, she added: "There is a duty on local authorities to provide temporary housing for people fleeing domestic abuse, whether it is a refuge place, a hotel, bed and breakfast accommodation or a flat."

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