Breaking Down the Barriers: Findings of the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and Multiple Disadvantage
Breaking Down The Barriers warns of devastating consequences for women and their families because they are not able to get the support they need. Time and again the signs of abuse are not picked up by professionals. Too often women are bounced around or even turned away from services. Mothers are particularly let down, with the fear of losing their children preventing them from accessing help.
This literature review encompasses the following five areas of disadvantage faced by women ● contact with the criminal justice system ● homelessness ● involvement in prostitution or sexual exploitation ● experiencing severe mental health problems ● experiencing serious drug and/or alcohol problems.