Government backs domestic abuse services with £19m

The funding is available for services that are run as partnerships between charities and councils

Domestic abuse: funding available for services
Domestic abuse: funding available for services

The government has made £19m of funding available for domestic abuse services that are run in partnerships between councils and charities.

The funding, which is available for councils working in partnership with the voluntary sector and other organisations, is the second tranche of £40m made available in the 2015 Spending Review for services to support domestic abuse survivors.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has already allocated half of the £40m, which it said had helped support the work of women’s refuges and other specialist accommodation for more than 19,000 domestic abuse survivors.

The new funding will be available for projects that support domestic abuse survivors, including refuge beds, education and employment and life skills training.

A further £1.2m will be distributed to domestic abuse services "in due course", the government said.

Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: "The release of the next round of funding for refuges and other accommodation for women escaping domestic abuse is desperately needed and much welcomed.

"Together, we need to ensure that there is a sustainable, long-term funding solution for all domestic abuse services, including life-saving refuges."

James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said: "Domestic abuse is a devastating crime and this government is committed to ensuring all survivors have access to the support they need, whenever they need it.

"This funding will expand the support available for survivors to help them rebuild their lives."

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17 August. For more information, see here.

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