£22m fund to provide ‘strong safety net’ for domestic abuse survivors

12 Nov 18

More than 60 councils in England will receive a share of a £22m fund to tackle the crime of domestic violence, the government has announced.

The money will provide support for more than 25,000 domestic abuse survivors from 63 projects across England.

Unveiling the money on 10 November, housing minister Heather Wheeler said: “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, which shatters the lives of survivors and their families. It is our duty to ensure survivors can seek help by providing the support they need to restart their lives.

“Through providing specialist accommodation and access to employment, this fund will make sure local authorities and charities can provide a strong safety net for anyone facing the threat of abuse in their own home.”

The projects will be delivered by councils alongside local organisations and are expected to provide more than 2,200 new beds in refuges and other safe accommodation.

Sandra Horley, chief executive of domestic violence charity Refuge, said: “This funding ensures that many of our refuges will remain open and continue to provide life-saving specialist support to those experiencing domestic abuse.

“A small number would have been forced to close had we not received these crucial funds.”

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