The Potential for Co-production in Developing Violence against Women Services in Wales
Social Policy and Society
Cambridge University Press (CUP) for Social Policy Association
The UK Conservative government has committed to increasing funding for domestic violence and abuse (DVA) services in England but this has not been extended to Wales. Wales has however made clear commitments to developing these services, through the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015. This article draws on focus groups and interviews with fifty-three service users and thirty-one purposively selected service providers to explore their perspectives on Violence Against Women (VAW) service provision in Wales. There are clear shared priorities and some tensions between service user and provider perspectives on appropriate services. Drawing on the long history of intermediate co-production in VAW services, the article argues that co-production at the strategic level is now needed. This would provide an arena for resolving tensions, setting standards and developing funding criteria to enable co-produced VAW policy and build resistance to funding cuts.
The research on which this article is based was funded by an award made by the Government of Wales. The views expressed here are however those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Wales.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Cambridge University Press via the DOI in this record.
Published online 27 February 2017