Joint Briefing with Women's Aid: The Benefit Cap and Domestic Abuse

By: Stephanie Kleynhans (Shelter), Lucy Hadley (Women's Aid)
Published: May 2021

Joint Briefing with Women's Aid: The Benefit Cap and Domestic Abuse

This briefing sets out the concerns of Shelter and Women’s Aid Federation of England on the impact of the benefit cap on survivors of domestic abuse.

The benefit cap is creating a desperate situation for those fleeing domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). This briefing examines how the benefit cap is creating a unique barrier for women escaping domestic abuse as well as the wider impacts of the cap on poverty and homelessness.