The government has pledged £125m to local authorities across England to help provide support and accommodation for domestic abuse survivors and their children.
Rough Sleeping and Homelessness secretary Eddie Hughes on Thursday the extra funding would help ensure people who have been affected by domestic abuse are able to access safe accommodation in addition to therapy, advice, and counselling.
Hughes said: “Domestic abuse is a heinous crime which threatens the lives of victims in their own homes where they should feel safe.
“So it’s right that we’re giving victims support in safe accommodation and providing councils with money to deliver essential services that will help them and their children rebuild their lives.
“This is part of a long-term strategy to provide broader support for domestic abuse victims both in safe accommodation, like refuges, and in their own homes.”
The funding comes ahead of the Domestic Abuse Bill – which puts requirements on local authorities to ensure those affected by domestic abuse can access life-saving support in safe accommodation – which is to be introduced later this year.
This latest funding adds to the growing list of initiatives the government has launched in recent months to support those affected by rape and domestic abuse – especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns.
Last week, the government announced it would be providing £40m to support victim support services, while in May last year it put £76m toward ensuring services such as helplines and counselling remain accessible.
Other measures brought include the ‘Ask for ANI’ scheme, which provides victims of domestic abuse access to immediate help from the police or other support services from their local pharmacy.
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