MILLIONS of pounds of Government funding has been allocated to projects across the North of England that help victims of domestic abuse rebuild their lives.
Around £5 million has been allocated via councils; part of an overall £22 million funding pot announced nationally by housing minister Heather Wheeler MP. The money is expected to help over 25,000 domestic abuse survivors to gain the support they need.
All told, over 60 projects in England will be supported by the funding over the next two years. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), the money will provide over 2,200 new beds in refuges and other safe accommodation, access to education, and tailored employment and life skills guidance.
The aim is to help survivors move towards building a “safe and healthy future for themselves and their children” – free from domestic abuse.
“Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, which shatters the lives of survivors and their families,” said Wheeler. “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.”
Projects will be delivered by councils working with local organizations, such as Cheshire Without Abuse, Women’s Housing Action Group, Changing Lives Halton and more, which will be working with Cheshire East Council, which was allocated £398,643 in funding.
Doncaster council, meanwhile, received £98,911; Knowsley Council £456,040; Lancashire County Council received £1.2 million; Leeds City Council, £499,223; Manchester City Council, £138,628; Newcastle City Council, £600,000; Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, £827,680; Salford City Council, £99,558; Sheffield City Council, £112,600; Tameside Council, £193,132; and Trafford Council, which was allocated £350,618.
Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge said: “That Refuge services will be supported by this fund is hugely welcome news both for us and particularly for the thousands of women and children we support on a daily basis.
“Critically, 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.
“We are equally delighted to be in a position to now expand one of our services in London, which provides essential support for survivors with additional needs.”
In the summer, Government announced almost £19 million of funding to expand support for survivors of domestic abuse services across England. This fund has now been extended to £22 million.