Seventy-six projects across Britain will receive a share of £20 million to support victims of domestic abuse.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid (Conservatives, Bromsgrove) has confirmed that 76 projects across the country will receive a share of £20 million to support victims of domestic abuse, creating more than 2,200 new bed spaces in refuges and other specialist accommodation.
This will support more than 19,000 victims with somewhere safe to live and rebuild their lives, and provide further access to education, employment and life skills training.
Sajid Javid said, “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that all too often remains hidden. That’s why we’re determined that no victim will be turned away from the help they need, at the time they need it. This significant investment shows our clear commitment to supporting and strengthening a resilient network of refuge services across the country, with further specialist support to help victims go on to rebuild their lives.”
Last November, the government published its Priorities for Domestic Abuse Services report setting out what local areas need to put in place to make sure their approach to domestic abuse is collaborative, robust and effective.
This latest funding has been awarded to local areas that will deliver on these priorities – for example by working collaboratively across local authority boundaries and with other partners, including specialist domestic violence service providers to strengthen support.
The funding will support a wide range of services and safe accommodation, including refuges, outreach services, Sanctuary Schemes, which help those at risk of violence to stay safe in their own homes through improved security measures and mainstream local authority accommodation.
Given that victims of domestic abuse will have different needs, many of the projects being supported are tailored towards support for specific groups including women with mental health issues, substance abuse problems, or the particular needs of different ethnic minority communities.
Communities Minister Lord Bourne said, “Domestic abuse ruins lives with many victims forced to leave their homes for their own safety and to access the services they urgently need. Real change will only happen at the local level and it’s these authorities that are best placed to identify the best solutions. We’re clear that the victim must always come first and must always be able to access the specialist accommodation help and support they need.”
Refuges for South Asian women and children: http://www.refuge.org.uk