£10m boost for refuges supporting victims of domestic violence
A £10m fund for councils to provide accommodation for victims of domestic violence has been announced by ministers due to fears that refuges are closing down due to lack of money.
The Department for Communities and Local Governments has published a bidding prospectus which is intended to help local authorities strengthen refuge services ‘so that we have effective national coverage that keeps victims of domestic abuse safe’, reports Inside Housing.
A statement by the government said: “While local authorities have looked to make savings it is clear that many areas around the country have managed to do this and at the same time protect front line services. However we are aware that some local areas are making commissioning decisions to close or replace specialist domestic abuse provision with generic services that provide very limited, if any, support. We are also aware of some authorities who only provide support to local victims refusing to help all others. Government is concerned that this is happening.”
According to the government, an average victim will attempt to flee the perpetrator 32 times before they are successful.
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