Left, selfie taken by Louise one week after the attack. Right, selfie taken by Louise immediately after attack.

A Mansfield mum is claiming victims of domestic violence are being left helpless.

Louise Bacon, a mum from Mansfield, survived a violent attack by her ex-partner. She says she has found it difficult to get support for herself and children in Nottinghamshire.

This follows the NSPCC’s recent call for the government to recognise children as victims of domestic abuse in the pending, landmark bill, in order to ensure they receive better support.

‘NOTTINGHAMSHIRE NEEDS TO PULL ITS SOCKS UP’
LOUISE BACON, DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVOR

The government will publish the draft Domestic Abuse Bill this year with the intention of reforming the way in which the crime is dealt with.

Louise is concerned about the quality of support: “Nottinghamshire needs to pull its socks up.

“I’ve tried going to my women’s centre a few times in Worksop and it’s not open, but the website gives the impression that their services are available full-time for victims.

“My daughter has only just received counselling. It’s over a year later.”

Watch: Louise describes the attack she suffered by her ex-partner and how it continues to affect her life.

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid said: “We promote a 24-hour helpline number on the website as we understand that support is needed at any time of the day but we urge people to let us know if this needs to be clearer.”

Women’s Aid have recently published data revealing that state funding is at an all-time low, while the number of support groups available for victims of domestic abuse has fallen by a fifth in just one year.

‘Nationally, funding is a massive issue’
Sophie Meskell, Campaigns Coordinator – Equation

But Nottinghamshire County Council has supported its pledge not to cut domestic abuse funding.

Sophie Maskell, Campaign’s Coordinator for Equation in Nottingham said: “Nationally, funding is a massive issue as there is currently no consistent approach to it.”

Listen below as she explains:

Louise remains disappointed: “They’re that over-stretched doing their job as it is, but the government needs to address that.”

Scarring sustained by Louise in the days following the attack.

The Women’s Aid campaign #NotAlone is requesting more dedicated funding for support services across the nation.

A Home Office spokesperson said in a statement:

“The landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill will create stronger powers to protect and support victims and survivors…We have committed funding of £100 million to Violence Against Women and Girls services.”

Her partner John Robert Brown (36), was found guilty of assault by beating and given a four week suspended prison sentence in November 2017.

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