With the return of the Tory government, austerity measures are set to become ever more stringent, attacking the vital services that make up our welfare system. Once again it is those who are most vulnerable who will suffer the greatest – domestic violence centres were cut by almost a third during the last Conservative coalition government, denying the same percentage of victims relief from abusive, dangerous and often life-threatening situations. Now, with ever dwindling funding available to women’s refuges, and no tangible plans to redress the situation, it looks as if these services will continue to diminish, as well as the quality of care they can provide. Theresa May has refused to ring-fence funding for domestic violence services, forcing them to compete for money from councils’ inadequate budgets. As services and centres are slashed, so women all over the country are beaten, bruised and broken. The analogy is almost clichéd: – They Cut: We Bleed. Anya Pearson reports for Ladybeard.