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'Huge rise' in domestic violence victims at risk of losing children

There has been a "huge rise" in victims of domestic violence at risk of losing their children, according to new research by charity Family Rights group. It claims social services are more cautious because of high-profile child murders like Baby P.

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Welfare reforms 'leaving abuse victims few options'

Victims of domestic abuse are being failed by social services as an increasingly amount of care orders are being placed on children living in homes that experience violence, whilst services to help women escape violent partners are being cut, new research reveals.

The increasing involvement of social workers with families where there is domestic violence, and women’s fear their children may be removed, could prevent some mothers from reporting abuse, Family Rights Group said.

Welfare reforms are compounding the problem as women have fewer places to go for support and the long-term care necessary to leave violent partners, Cathy Ashley from the Family Rights Groups said.

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