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A survey has been launched to find the real impact the cost of living crisis is having on victims of domestic abuse in the West Midlands.

There’s no doubt the crisis is having significant and devastating effect on people across the region, but to put it into context, Victims’ Commissioner Nicky Brennan has launched a survey looking particularly at those who are victims of abuse.

The West Midlands has disproportionate levels of depravation and poverty in comparison to the rest of the country, so we recognise that people in the region are likely to be disproportionately affected by the cost of living crisis.  

Victims’ Commissioner Nicky Brennan said: “I am extremely concerned that the cost of living crisis is having an even deeper impact here in the West Midlands and especially on victims of domestic abuse.

“As part of my role as Victims’ Commissioner it is vital that we build a picture of the real issues hitting our communities and find ways in which we can tackle them.

“We have launched two surveys – one for victims and one for organisations or support services who work with them.

“We’ll use findings from this survey in our policy, research, fundraising and communications materials. We will also use the findings and take them to government to lobby for more support.

“The data collected in this survey will be completely anonymous and will not be able to be traced back to those that complete it.

“The data collected will be analysed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to understand the implications of the cost of living crisis and produce a top-level finding report.”

Nicky added that she will continue to work hard with support services throughout the crisis.

The surveys were launched at a meeting of the Victims’ Commission today.

The survey for victims can be found here.

The survey for service providers can be found here

The deadline for responses is Thursday 25th August 2022 at 12pm.

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