Community and partnership are at the heart of Aurora New Dawn’s fundraising approach.

The public sector cuts programme poses real challenges to the voluntary sector, and particular challenges to the violence and abuse sector.

Research in 2012 from Professor Sylvia Walby, on behalf of Trust for London, yielded some stark and difficult facts:

  • 31% of funding was cut to the domestic violence and sexual abuse sector between 2010/11 to 2011/12, from 7.8 million to 5.4 million
  • 230 women were turned away by Women’s Aid on a typical day in 2011 due to a lack of space
  • 78% of RESPECT services to reform male perpetrators of domestic violence reduced the number of clients they were able to assist
  • 2 of 6 specialist IMKAAN refuges for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women have been closed and funding has been cut from local authorities for 2 more
  • statutory provision has been cut, reducing services available from Domestic Abuse Officers, a specialist unit on female genital mutilation and domestic violence courts


In the current economic climate, all sectors face very real challenges to ensure their survival. But beneath this strategic problem are victims and survivors of violence and abuse who need help right now.