Services for women fleeing domestic abuse and sexual violence in the UK have developed over the past 40 years, from grassroots services staffed by volunteers to a professionalised (if still small) sector. With roots in second-wave feminism and with heterosexual women being the majority of victims, it is not surprising that services like shelters and helplines have focused primarily on meeting their needs.

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