The government has underlined its commitment to support the victims of domestic violence and abuse through a £3.2 million fund to boost the provision of services including refuges. The fund will be open to proposals from local partnerships that demonstrate how the needs of victims could be met in innovative ways, working through collaboration and helping to address any gaps in the delivery of services in the short term. This announcement builds on the £10 million funding for refuges announced in March 2015. The Summer Budget 2015 also announced a review of the full range of services currently available to victims of domestic abuse. Its findings will feed into the Spending Review and an updated violence against women and girls strategy to ensure that victims of domestic violence and their families have access to the support and services they need to keep safe.
Communities Minister Baroness Williams said:
This government is absolutely committed to support the victims of domestic violence and abuse. And today’s funding announced in the budget will help keep victims, their children and anyone facing the threat of domestic violence and abuse safe.
Over the last 2 months I have met with many people working in the sector and listened to those that have suffered abuse. Alongside the vital role of refuges that provide a safe haven for people when they need it we will also be looking at further innovative approaches to prevention, early intervention and support for victims.
Funds announced in the budget also include £131,000 for additional workers for UK Refuges Online. UK Refuges Online is a UK wide database of domestic violence services which enables those working with victims of domestic violence to identify appropriate services and potential refuge vacancies around the country so that victims can get the help they need as quickly as possible.